Mizzou's bowl hopes get a huge boost

Missouri's been to the postseason in each of the past six seasons, the longest streak in school history.

With a 38-31 overtime victory over Texas A&M in College Station, the Tigers' chances of making it seven look a whole lot better.

The Tigers came to face the No. 16 Aggies at 3-4 and likely wouldn't be favored in more than two games for the rest of the season.

Maybe so, but at 4-4, Tigers fans hoping for the postseason can breathe a little easier. The Tigers close the season with a neutral-site game at Kansas and host Texas, who was beaten by double digits in its two most recent losses.

That said, the Tigers' first road win against a ranked opponent since 1997 has to have them feeling extremely confident. The Aggies beat Baylor and Texas Tech, Missouri's other two opponents, already this season.

Missouri showed a lot of guts to come back from being down 28-14 and forced three second-half turnovers on its own side of the field.

And unlike an early-season road loss to Arizona State, a missed field goal entering overtime didn't spell doom for the extra period.

Texas A&M, meanwhile, will keep its stranglehold on the title of "Big 12's Most Disappointing Team." The Aggies began the season in the top 10, but after suffering a third loss, have all but eliminated themselves from the Big 12 title race.

The first two losses came by a combined four points to top-10 teams Oklahoma State and Arkansas, but this one? A second consecutive home loss to Missouri, which entered today's game with a losing record? No excuse for that.

Texas A&M's season took a very dark turn while the Tigers can see the path to a seventh consecutive trip to a bowl.