Posted by Tom Fornelli
As we all know at this point, Missouri is leaving the Big 12 after this season to join the SEC just like Texas A&M. Generally, when something like this happens, it's not because both sides get along and are happy with one another.
Well, whatever animosity exists between Missouri and the Big 12, a bit more became evident on Sunday when bowl selections and the final Coaches Poll of the regular season, and the most important, were released. It seems that neither side could resist the urge to get in one last jab.
Despite the fact that Missouri finished fifth in the Big 12 with a 5-4 conference record, it was passed up by Texas, Texas A&M, and Iowa State for the Big 12's bowl bids. This despite the fact that Missouri finished ahead of them in the standings and went 3-0 against those teams this season, winning the games by a combined score of 107-53. Instead Missouri is going to the Independence Bowl, which no longer has a tie to the Big 12. Do you think it's a coincidence that the Tigers were passed up by Big 12 bowls and ended up playing a game in the heart of SEC country?
For their part, Missouri is saying the Big 12 did everything it could for the Tigers, but do you honestly believe that to be the case?
Texas A&M will play in the Texas Bowl, which has the last pick amongst bowls with Big 12 conference ties, and it only had two schools to choose from: A&M and Missouri.
Still, Missouri may have gotten a bit of revenge on the conference. The individual coaches poll ballots were released on Monday, and the Big 12 has five coaches who vote in the poll that is included in the final BCS formula: Bob Stoops, Art Briles, Paul Rhoads, Tommy Tuberville and Missouri's Gary Pinkel.
Every single one of those coaches had Oklahoma State at #2 on their ballots except Pinkel. Pinkel had Alabama ranked second on his ballot, and put Oklahoma State at #4 behind Stanford.
It's safe to say that these two won't miss each other next year.