Missouri's 36-28 victory over Kansas will vault the Tigers to the top of the Bowl Championship Series standings, according to projections by the BCS Guru.
All the Tigers need to do to earn a berth to the BCS title game is beat Oklahoma in Saturday's Big 12 title game in San Antonio. The Tigers' only loss came to the Sooners, 41-31, on Oct. 13 in Norman.
West Virginia will be No. 2 when the official standings are announced Sunday. The Mountaineers need only a victory over a 4-7 Pittsburgh team in Morgantown. Needless to say, West Virginia will be favored by a bundle and is virtually assured a spot in the Jan. 7 title game in New Orleans.
If Missouri or West Virginia tumble, Ohio State figures to move into the title game. The Buckeyes, who have completed their regular season, are expected to be No. 3 in the rankings. As posted Friday night, a West Virginia-Ohio State title game is a strong possibility. Missouri likely will be a slight underdog against Oklahoma.
Now if Missouri and West Virginia lose, this is where it gets interesting. Kansas is expected to drop to No. 4, Georgia will be No. 5 and Louisiana State will fall to No. 6.
Completing the expected top 10: Virginia Tech (7th), USC (8th), Arizona State (9th) and Oklahoma (10th).
Of note to Hawaii fans: The Warriors are expected to be 13th, within a whisker of a guaranteed spot in a BCS game. But the Guru writes that "Illinois is lurking at No. 15, ready to invoke the new rule."