Mizzou preparing for Cotton Bowl invite

Missouri has moved up a bowl watch gathering from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Reynolds Alumni Center, a move that likely means the 11-2 Tigers expect to be left out of the BCS bowl picture.

“We haven’t been told anything yet,” said MU sports information director Chad Moller late Sunday morning.

But Missouri athletic director Mike Alden told The Star on Sunday: “It looks like the Cotton Bowl, doesn’t it?”

Moving up the watch party would allow Missouri -- if it knows its bowl fate -- to release that information and not keep the media and fans waiting through a BCS TV show that would not concern the Tigers.

However, nothing is cut and dried. If MU does not hear it is out of the BCS prior to 6 p.m., “We’ll all just sit on our hands a little longer,” Moller said.

There continued to be some speculation that MU could wind up in the Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech.

One Big 12 official on Saturday night -- following Missouri’s loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game -- said MU would not fall lower than the Cotton Bowl, to be played Jan. 1.