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Bowl-bound Mizzou? Pundits split on football team’s postseason chances

Missouri linebacker Eric Beisel, left, puts on his helmet before the Tigers’ Black & Gold Game in Columbia, Mo., in April.
Missouri linebacker Eric Beisel, left, puts on his helmet before the Tigers’ Black & Gold Game in Columbia, Mo., in April. Adam Vogler

Missouri football fans might want to start monitoring flights to Birmingham, Ala., in late December.

According to bowl projections from around the web, if the Tigers go to a bowl, it’s likely to be the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 23.

SB Nation, Sports on Earth and College Football News all predict that’s where Mizzou will land, while Athlon Sports, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, and The Sporting News predict a third straight year without a postseason game.

USA Today has the Tigers headed to the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26 against Middle Tennessee, which upset MU on homecoming last year in Columbia.

Based on SB Nation’s analysis of sports books’ over/under win totals, the Tigers also could land in Shreveport, La., for the program’s fourth Independence Bowl since 2003.

The most popular choice, the Birmingham Bowl, is scheduled for the same Saturday as the Braggin’ Rights game, a men’s basketball contest pitting Missouri against Illinois at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

If the projections sound a bit pessimistic, remember that the Tigers are 3-13 in conference play during the last two seasons. But fans can also take heart in bettors’ faith in second-year coach Barry Odom’s squad.

Here’s the bowl projection breakdown:

Athlon Sports: No bowl game for MU

CBS Sports: No bowl game

College Football News: Birmingham Bowl vs. Memphis (Dec. 23)

SB Nation: Birmingham Bowl vs. Memphis (Dec. 23)

Sports on Earth: Birmingham Bowl vs. Tulsa (Dec. 23)

Sporting News: No bowl game

Sports Illustrated: No bowl game

USA Today: Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Middle Tennessee (Dec. 26)

Vegas Over/Under: Independence Bowl vs. Georgia Tech (Dec. 27)

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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