It would have lent a lot of clarity to the SEC East race if Missouri had beaten South Carolina Saturday night.
The Tigers would have owned a two- to three-game lead as well as the tiebreaker edge against the only remaining contenders with four conference games to play.
In short, only a total collapse would have deprived Missouri a berth in the SEC Championship game.
Instead, South Carolina's come-from-behind 27-24 victory over the Tigers in two overtimes has thrown the race wide open.
Now Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida all have a chance to win the SEC East if things fall right.
The SEC tiebreaker procedures start out simply enough, but get more complex as they go.
Thanks to South Carolina's victory, four teams in the SEC East still have a lot to play for.