Next in line, ESPN Events, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based events coordinator owned by ESPN, selects teams to play in the Birmingham Bowl and the Gasparilla Bowl.
As long as three SEC teams are slotted in the New Year’s Six, nine more will fill out the rest of the SEC bowls, leaving one more SEC team without a game. That’s where non-SEC bowls with vacant spots come into play.
Various media outlets have singled out a handful of possible destinations for the last eligible SEC team, including the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit; Frisco Bowl in Frisco, Texas; First Responder Bowl in Dallas and Cure Bowl in Orlando.
Projections for Mizzou are all over the map.
ESPN’s projections have the Tigers in the Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 23, Tampa) against Appalachian State, Drinkwitz’s former team, or the Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 28, Birmingham, Alabama) against Louisville.
Action Network has Mizzou playing Air Force in the Frisco Bowl (Dec. 21), which is played at Toyota Stadium in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, the home field of MLS team FC Dallas.
CBS Sports and Yahoo Sports both put the Tigers in the Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 27) against Western Michigan at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions.