Missouri can technically still be selected to play in a bowl game. Winning six regular season games is no longer a prerequisite to be bowl eligible.
Because of the lack of teams with six wins or more, there could be a handful of teams with 5-7 records selected to participate in bowl games. There are currently 75 FBS teams with at least six, and 80 spots, though 11 teams could still collect a sixth victory between now and the end of the regular season.
Missouri senior defensive back Ian Simon said he’d prefer the season end with Missouri’s 28-3 regular season loss to Arkansas on Saturday.
Simon, on bowling at 5-7: "I wouldn’t want to go. The rule says six wins to get eligible. We didn’t get our sixth win."
— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) November 27, 2015
Simon’s stance is understandable. It’s been a tumultuous season for the Tigers. If Missouri doesn’t play in a bowl game, Saturday will be Gary Pinkel’s last game as head coach. Pinkel announced earlier this month that he was retiring at the end of the season in order to focus on his current battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Pinkel said he was diagnosed in May.