Mizzou Mailbag: Talking BCS, Gaines’ injury, Florida’s run defense

10/18/2013 4:16 PM

10/18/2013 4:16 PM

Missouri moved up to No. 14 in virtually every poll of consequence this week and seems poised to crack the top 10 in the inaugural Bowl Championship Series standings for 2013, which will be released Sunday. Of course, that assumes the Tigers beat No. 22 Florida on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. Honestly, it’s a winnable game against even against one of the nation’s best defenses and with a redshirt freshman making his starting debut. The next two games will go a long way in determining how far Missouri takes its run. Win both, and fans can start booking flights to Atlanta Dec. 7 for the Southeastern Conference championship game. Split, and the Tigers probably are still playing in Florida during bowl season. Lose both games, and the goal becomes rallying for a 10-win season. Personally, Missouri matches up better with Florida than South Carolina, but the toughest game among all three was at Georgia and the Tigers already bagged that win. The sky’s the limit. It’s up to the offense to score enough to win this week, while the defense has to keep the Gamecocks in check to give the Tigers a chance to win. As far as BCS possibilities, it’s imperative Missouri wins both games to keep those hopes alive. Coupled with a win against Texas A&M on Nov. 30, that’s probably enough for a Sugar Bowl appearance even with a loss in the SEC title game (unless both LSU and Alabama are one-loss teams, in which case the BCS berths probably go to those teams). Still, the Capital One bowl wouldn’t be such a bad thing. By the way, Mizzou fans, participation was a little down. If that doesn’t change, the weekly mailbag is going to be a lot of this going forward:

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