Those Other Tigers: Missouri Belongs in the BCS

Eric Hobbs@@E_HobbsCorrespondent INovember 7, 2007

Icon Sports MediaWhen the average college football fan hears someone talking about the Tigers, he probably first thinks of LSU.

However, there are some other Tigers who have quietly snuck into the BCS and National Championship pictures.

I'm talking about the Missouri Tigers.

Mizzou came into this season expecting to contend for the Big XII North Division title—but they have done much more than that.

The Tigers are 8-1 (4-1 in the Big XII), with their only loss coming at Oklahoma on OU's homecoming. Oklahoma is 52-2 in their last 54 home games.

Missouri is led by junior quarterback Chase Daniel, who has vaulted himself into the Heisman discussion.

Daniel has more touchdown passes than any Heisman hopeful besides Andre' Woodson of Kentucky, and more passing yards than anyone else in contention—including Colt Brennan of Hawai'i.

Missouri's offense has been clicking all season, never failing to score less than 31 points in a single game.

After beginning the season with many question marks, the Tiger defense has stepped up as well. Missouri has given up 19 points per game—the fewest in the Big XII.

Heading into the final three games of the season, Mizzou faces Texas A&M at home, travels to Kansas St., and then finishes the regular season against rival Kansas in Kansas City.

Winning all three games would put the Tigers at 11-1 and earn them a ticket to San Antonio for the Big XII championship game—which would likely be a rematch against Oklahoma.

If the Tigers can get that far, they deserve a BCS bid. Representatives from both the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl will be at Faurot Field this Saturday to see these Tigers firsthand.