Technically, Missouri can’t clinch the SEC East division championship Saturday, but the Tigers could have a berth in the conference championship game all but sewn up if South Carolina and Georgia both lose.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
The ninth-ranked Tigers, 9-1, are 5-1 in conference play. Only the Gamecocks, who are 5-2 in the SEC, and the Bulldogs, 4-2, remain mathematically alive in the race.
If South Carolina were to lose at home against Florida and Georgia also loses at Auburn, Missouri would only need the Bulldogs to beat Kentucky at home Nov. 23 to win the division regardless of the outcome of its final two games.
If the Tigers finish in the three-way tiebreaker with South Carolina or Georgia atop the division with two or even three losses, Missouri would advance to the SEC championship game Dec. 7 in Atlanta based on a superior 5-1 division record.
Of course, the simplest scenario for the Tigers to wrap up the SEC East division title would be to win at Mississippi on Nov. 23 and beat Texas A&M at home Nov. 30.
However, if Missouri stumbles in either game, South Carolina, which beat Missouri 27-24 in double overtime giving the Gamecocks the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Tigers, could snatch away the division crown.
If South Carolina beats Florida — and the Gamecocks are nearly two-touchdown favorites — Missouri would have to win out or would need Georgia to win out and force a three-way tiebreaker to advance to the SEC title game.
Georgia’s only hope to win the division would be to win out and for Missouri to lose both remaining games.
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