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Missouri Tigers

5-7 bowl teams to be selected in order of academic rating

After a bad season on the field for Mike Riley's first Nebraska team, some good work in the classroom by the Huskers when Bo Pelini was coach will keep Big Red playing football this season.

Missouri, however, will pass on a chance to play in a bowl game with a 5-7 record.

The NCAA Division I council approved a plan Monday that will make teams with 5-7 records eligible for at least two bowl bids — and as many as five — based on their Academic Progress Rates.

The council approved a recommendation made by the football oversight committee that was necessary to fill the record 40 bowls after not enough teams met the standard bowl-eligibility...