The latest BCS rankings revealed Sunday night were a bit of a disappointment to Missouri fans as the team fell one spot to ninth after their win over the Kentucky Wildcats.
Sunday’s fall is not too much of a surprise as adding Kentucky to the games played list on their schedule was bound to hurt their standing with the computers. Good news is that the gap between Missouri being ninth and being seventh is almost miniscule. Missouri is only .0002 points behind Clemson and .0008 points behind Auburn in the latest rankings.
Even with the gap between Missouri and number two overall Florida State (.9619), Missouri is still very much in control of their own fate. The Tigers next two games are against a very solid Mississippi team on the road and 11th-ranked Texas A&M at home. Two wins there should vastly help Missouri in the computer polls.
Missouri also benefit from the promise that one of Auburn or Alabama is going to lose before the end of the season and the one who does not lose will be Missouri’s opponent in the SEC title game. Three wins against Mississippi, Texas A&M, and either Alabama or Auburn should be enough to get Missouri into the top two.
The biggest hurdle for Missouri to clear may be Baylor. Baylor has Texas Tech, Texas, and Oklahoma State remaining on their schedule, which should vastly improve their number five ranking in the computers. While the Big 12 is certainly down as a conference, they are still arguably the third toughest conference in the nation. Missouri could hop Stanford based on the strength of loss argument, but hoping an undefeated Big 12 team may be more difficult.