- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
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The drill at the top is still the same. Alabama to the BCS title game, Auburn likely to the Sugar Bowl. The chances of Auburn getting passed by Texas A&M for the Sugar Bowl just went out the window with the Aggies falling to LSU and picking up their third loss as a result (Auburn can not finish with more than two losses now).
So given that, where does that leave Missouri? The Tigers can clinch an SEC championship game berth with a win over Texas A&M, a loss means South Carolina goes. Either way, if Bama finishes its job and gets to the title game, Missouri will have a second loss, meaning South Carolina could jump the Tigers and be the first non-BCS bowl pick to the Capital One Bowl.
The next question is, who does the Cotton Bowl take? It has first preference from the West Division -- does it take LSU or Texas A&M, who both have three losses. Though the Tigers beat A&M head-to-head, I'm betting the Aggies still get chosen because of the draw of Johnny Manziel.
That would send LSU to either the Outback or the Chick-Fil-A bowls but Missouri, if it gets to the SEC championship game and is passed by South Carolina for the Capital One Bowl, would be next on the list.
Tennessee's bowl eligibility is out the window, so Mississippi State is back in the postseason picture. But the Bulldogs need a win in the Egg Bowl to clinch bowl eligibility. Ole Miss' loss puts the Rebels down a spot and lets Georgia move up a spot to the Gator Bowl. And Vanderbilt continued its winning ways and looks poised for a Liberty Bowl berth.
VIZIO BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 6: Alabama
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2: Auburn
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: South Carolina
AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 3: Texas A&M
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: Missouri
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: LSU
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Georgia
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Ole Miss
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31: Vanderbilt
BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 4: Mississippi State
1dSam Khan and Greg Ostendorf