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Missouri, shown here during its victory against Kansas last month, will play North Carolina in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26.

Missouri, shown here during its victory against Kansas last month, will play North Carolina in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26. Photo by The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — As Missouri prepares to leave the Big 12 for the uncharted waters of the Southeastern Conference, it got a harsh reminder it’s still a member of the Big 12 conference.

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Passed over by all the bowl games associated with the Big 12, the Tigers will take on North Carolina in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26 in Shreveport, La. The game will kickoff at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

“With the structure of the Big 12, which might be (more) unique than some conferences, a 6-6 bowl-eligible team can be selected over an 11-1 bowl-eligible team,” Missouri senior associate athletics director Mark Alnutt said.

Because eight teams were bowl eligible in the Big 12 this year, and only one team from the conference (Oklahoma State) made the Bowl Championship Series, that left one team out. That team happened to be Missouri.

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