With the second-to-last BCS standings released, the race for the BCS National Championship is heating up. While the Florida State Seminoles and Ohio State Buckeyes hold down the No. 1 and No. 2 spots with their perfect records intact heading into their respective conference championships, there is a trio of SEC one-loss teams right behind them hoping to find a way into the conversation. Much of the attention on this trio is spent on the Auburn Tigers at No. 3 and Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 4, the Missouri Tigers have an excellent shot at making a move in the final week of the season and sneaking into the national title game.
Currently ranked No. 5 in the BCS standings, Missouri is in a prime position to be a sleeper in the BCS National Championship race. After clinching the SEC East last week with their win against the Texas A&M Aggies, the Tigers will head to the SEC title game this week in Atlanta to face off with Auburn. Winning the conference title of college football’s strongest conference would undoubtedly give Mizzou a major boost heading into the final BCS standings and more than enough to jump idle Alabama who they currently trail by just .0111 points in the current BCS standings.
Getting higher than No. 3, however, is completely out of Missouri’s hands. There is no way that they will be able to close the gap on No. 2 Ohio State with just one week to go if the Buckeyes finish the season with a perfect 13-0 record after winning the Big Ten title. Therefore, Missouri will have to win their conference title game and hope for an upset in either the Big Ten or ACC title game to knock off at least one of the teams without a loss yet this season. A loss by either FSU or Ohio State would open up that No. 2 spot for Missouri to slide into and qualify for the BCS National Championship.
It would take a confluence of factors with some major upsets thrown in for good measure but the chance is there for Missouri to play for the national title in 2013. Can they fulfill their end of the deal by beating Auburn for the SEC title?