COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Just a few weeks ago, Missouri was unbeaten, No. 6 in the BCS and atop the Big 12 North after what appeared to be a defining moment type of victory over Oklahoma.
The Tigers' national profile has all but vanished heading into the home finale, the goal posts no longer in danger.
Instead, Saturday's matchup of No. 20 Missouri (7-2, 3-2 Big 12) and Kansas State (6-3, 3-3 big 12) is not such a big deal for fans who deliriously stormed the field the last home game. The offense fizzled last week at Texas Tech, and the week before that it was the defense that needed an earlier wake-up call at Nebraska.
It's still been a pretty nice year, but now Missouri appears to playing for bowl position rather than a slot in the conference championship game.
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