The Missouri Tigers celebrate after beating the Iowa State Cyclones 34-24 in Columbia, Mo., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. (Photo credit: Nathan Giannini for KMOV) By Nathan Giannini
COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team doesn’t play Saturday. That doesn’t mean this weekend will be without drama.
The team will find out Sunday night which bowl game has extended an invitation. Speculation has centered on the team playing in the Insight Bowl, but nothing will be known for certain until Sunday.
Tony Alba cautions people about jumping to conclusions from what they read on the Internet. Alba, the media relations director for the Insight Bowl, said both Missouri and Iowa State are in the mix for the game, which chooses sixth in the Big 12’s bowl hierarchy.
Alba said the Insight Bowl’s representatives last held a formal meeting on Sunday, when both Missouri’s and Iowa State’s credentials were discussed. He said research would be done this week on estimating how many fans each team would bring. The committee will meet again this Sunday and make a final decision, with Missouri and Iowa State being prime contenders for the Big 12 invitation. The Insight Bowl also invites a Big Ten school. The game is played on Dec. 31 in Tempe, Ariz.