Updated College Football Bowl projections for Week 14
The Missouri-Kansas border war has been dormant since 2011, but there was an opportunity to resume the iconic rivalry at the Liberty Bowl this month.
There was just one problem: Missouri didn’t want to play Kansas, so the matchup won’t go ahead, industry sources told Action Network.
The Jayhawks, who are making their first bowl appearance since 2008, were not opposed to playing the Tigers in a bowl, sources said.
Schools state their bowl preferences, and conferences, bowls, and schools usually come to an agreement whenever possible. It’s not uncommon for schools to require not playing against certain opponents in the postseason, sources said.
The Liberty Bowl is one of three that SEC measures against Big 12 opponents. The other two are the Sugar and Texas Bowls. Missouri and Kansas are both 6-6.
“A 6-6 team dictating who they don’t want to play in a bowl?” said an industry source. “What a world. What a world.”
The Kansas-Missouri rivalry, which dates back to 1907, was the second-longest in FBS when it ended after the 2011 season when the Tigers left the Big 12 for the SEC. In 2020, the schools announced they would continue the series, planning four games starting in 2025.
A Kansas-Missouri match would have been one of the most anticipated of the postseason, but fans of each school will now have to wait until 2025.
The official bowl pairings will be announced on Sunday. I expect Kansas to play Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl and Missouri to play East Carolina in the Gasparilla Bowl.
In other bowl news, the NCAA Board of Supervisors approved New Mexico’s bowl waiver Thursday, and in exchange, Auburn was officially banned from bowl competition.
The Oversight Committee also denied a waiver for the Army, which hoped to count two wins against FSC opponents for Bowl eligibility. Earlier in the season, the committee denied a similar waiver request from Marshall and Appalachian State. Marshall achieved bowl eligibility, but Appalachian State fell short by a win.
With New Mexico State (5-6) headed to a bowl, 81 of 82 bowl spots are now locked.
The final spot will be determined tonight when Buffalo (5-6) plays Akron. If Buffalo wins, the Bulls will be the 82nd — and final — bowl team. If Buffalo loses, UNLV (5-7) gets last place.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s conference championship games, these will be my final predictions until after Saturday’s games. Enjoy the weekend.
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* The top-scoring champion from the Group of Five conferences (American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt) will be selected to play in the Cotton Bowl if they do not qualify for the College Football Playoffs.
**It is confirmed that the highlighted teams have earned a place in their respective bowls.
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