The AP top 10 is probably a little different than how the BCS top 10 will shake out, but let’s talk about some predictions for what we know at this point. The BCS rankings will be released at 8:30 EST this evening.
No. 10 Missouri Tigers
Gary Pinkel’s Tigers lost a 17 point lead in regulation, then lost their chance at a national title run in overtime against South Carolina. Dropping five spots didn’t hinder their opportunity at the BCS and their schedule still stacks up nicely for them to get back on track, but it’s not what they wanted. Still a BCS appearance would be more than they could’ve hoped for before the season began.
Nov. 2 – Tennessee
Nov. 9 – @Kentucky
Nov. 23 – @Ole Miss
Nov. 30 – #12 Texas A&M
Tennessee and Kentucky should be easy, or at least easy enough. The final two are going to be very good games and are very difficult to call.
As odd as it may seem, I think that Missouri will head to Oxford and fail to get it done, but then come home and beat Texas A&M. The Rebels offense is hot and cold, but is highly efficient at home. Even if James Franklin comes back, I’m not sure Missouri will be what they were offensively in that game.
Meanwhile, Texas A&M has barely survived on the road at Arkansas and Ole Miss. After a physical game at No. 11 LSU, the Aggies will be tired. Missouri should be able to take advantage of it, especially if the game were to be for their shot at an SEC title.