BCS Bowl Projections: Do the Missouri Tigers Have a Shot at the Orange Bowl?

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent INovember 30, 2010

BCS Bowl Projections: Do the Missouri Tigers Have a Shot at the Orange Bowl?

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers congratulates receiver T.J. Moe #28 after a touchdown during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on November 27, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (P
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    According to this report by The Kansas City Star, an Orange Bowl representative who attended the Border War game between Missouri and Kansas gave the Tigers hope that they might be selected to play in the Orange Bowl as an at-large team.

    It would be the 50th anniversary of the Tigers' win in the 1960 Orange Bowl, a game in which Mizzou beat Navy.

    In order to earn an at-large BCS berth, a team must be ranked at least 14th in the BCS standings. Right now, the Tigers are ranked 12th.

    So, if the Tigers earned an unlikely berth to the Orange Bowl, which teams would be left out? Who would they face in the bowl? And who would be in the other BCS bowls?

    Let's take a look now at some BCS Bowl Projections.

Orange Bowl: Missouri Tigers Vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers carries the ball during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on November 27, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    If the Tigers made the Orange Bowl, they'd almost certainly take on Virginia Tech, a team that just has to beat Florida State in order to be ACC champions.

    The Hokies started off the year 0-2 but have since rattled off 10 straight wins.

    Missouri has a matching 10-2 record.

    It would be interesting to see how well the Tigers' strong defense would handle Tyrod Taylor and Darren Evans.

Sugar Bowl: Connecticut Huskies Vs. Oklahoma Sooners

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    STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks for an open receiver against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Sooners beat the Cowboys 47-41. (
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    Unfortunately, the winner of the Big East Conference earns an automatic bid to a BCS bowl.

    West Virginia and Connecticut are tied for the Big East lead going into the final weekend. West Virginia will play Rutgers, and Connecticut will play South Florida.

    Even if West Virginia wins, all Connecticut has to do is beat South Florida and they will win the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Mountaineers.

    Then it's off to a bowl game, where the Huskies will be destroyed by whatever team they'll face.

    In this projection, the Huskies will lose in the Sugar Bowl to an Oklahoma team that has made a strong comeback after a couple of road losses in conference play. But if the Sooners beat Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship Game, they'll be off to a BCS bowl.

Fiesta Bowl: Stanford Cardinal Vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Andrew Luck #12  of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates after they scored a touchdown during their game against the Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Get
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    Ohio State and Stanford will earn BCS at-large bids and will face off in a matchup that looks like it should be the Rose Bowl.

    But it will be this year's Fiesta Bowl matchup since Oregon will be playing for the national championship and Wisconsin won the Big Ten.

    The game will feature strong quarterback play with Terrelle Pryor of the Buckeyes and Andrew Luck of the Cardinal.

    The winner will be the team that can limit the other's quarterback to the fewest total yards.

Rose Bowl: TCU Horned Frogs Vs. Wisconsin Badgers

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 20:  Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a second quarter touchdown while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    The Rose Bowl has a stipulation where if the Pac-10 champion is playing for the national championship, the committee can invite a top non-BCS conference school to play in their game.

    This year, the TCU Horned Frogs fit that bill.

    So they'll be taking on the Big Ten champions, the Wisconsin Badgers.

    This game will feature two top running games. The Badgers have the 12th best rushing attack, and the Horned Frogs have the ninth best ground game.

    Whichever team establishes the run will win this game.

BCS National Championship Game: Oregon Ducks Vs. Auburn Tigers

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers rushes against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    After Auburn's amazing come-from-behind victory over Alabama in the Iron Bowl last weekend, they appear to be heading to the national championship.

    Oregon has been steamrolling opponents all year long too and also appears to be heading to the 'ship.

    This game will feature Cam Newton and LaMichael James, the two favorites for the Heisman Trophy. Which player will have won the Heisman going into this game?

    This game is sure to feature points galore. Oregon's blur offense will take advantage of Auburn's weak secondary, and Cam Newton will wreak havoc on an Oregon defense that hasn't played anyone of Newton's caliber yet this year.

Who Got Snubbed?

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 20:  Stevan Ridley #34 of the Louisiana State University Tigers reacts after scoring the go-ahead toucdown in the final minutes of the fourth quarter against the Ole Miss Rebels at Tiger Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Baton Rou
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    1. LSU

    2. Michigan State

    The Tigers and Spartans will likely be relegated to the Outback Bowl despite both finishing in the top 12 of the BCS standings.

    3. Arkansas

    4. Nebraska

    These teams will likely meet in the Cotton Bowl.

    5. Boise State

    6. Oklahoma State