The winner of Saturday’s SEC title game is guaranteed a spot in the Sugar Bowl, and that would be a big deal for Missouri, which has not played in the Bowl Championship Series. But there could be more at stake.
The BCS ranking has Florida State first, followed by Ohio State, Auburn, Alabama and Mizzou. If the Seminoles defeat Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game, and the Buckeyes beat Michigan State for the Big Ten title, it’s probable they’ll maintain their 1-2 status and meet in the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.
But if either Florida State or Ohio State falter, the SEC champion stands an excellent chance of moving into one of the top two spots. If it’s Mizzou, the Tigers figure to gain enough favor with voters and steam in the computer rankings to jump past Alabama and into one of the two spots.
Saturday’s winner in Atlanta will celebrate. Maybe twice.