The University of Missouri may not be going to a postseason bowl game for the first time since 2004, but there are plenty of intriguing football bowl games on the schedule this year.
We've got your complete list here, along with notes on teams featuring players who played their prep ball in and around the St. Louis area. If we've missed out on any of the local connections, tell us about it in the comment section. (All times CST.)
BCS National Championship Game, Notre Dame vs. Alabama
Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
De Smet Jesuit's Andy Bauer, a junior offensive lineman, and one of the top prospects in the class of 2014, has been heavily recruited by the Crimson Tide. He was a guest of Alabama at the Iron Bowl game vs. Auburn last week.
Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio, Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 1, 4 p.m., ESPN
Former Timberland (Wentzville) graduate Montee Ball looks to add to his career TD record as the Badgers take on the Cardinal in Pasadena.
AT&T Cotton Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Jan. 4, 7 p.m., FOX
Durron Neal, a De Smet Jesuit standout has seen limited action in his freshman season for the Sooners as a wide receiver. The Sooners won a share of the Big 12 championship and will face Texas A&M.
Outback Bowl, Michigan vs. South Carolina
Jan. 1, 12 p.m., ABC
Ladue Horton Watkins grad Jehu Chesson has redshirted his freshman season at Michigan, but the extra month of practice figures to benefit his preparation to see the field next fall.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Tulsa vs. Iowa State
Dec. 31, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
De Smet Jesuit's and CBC's Johnathan Parker will be paying close attention to this one. The MCC rivals have both pledged to play for the Golden Hurricane. Chaminade grad Rob Standard will see action at running back for the Cyclones.
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Purdue vs. Oklahoma State
Jan. 1, 11 a.m., ESPNU
Parkway Central grad Brandon Sheperd is part of a talented group of wide receivers for the Cowboys.
Valero Alamo Bowl, Texas vs. Oregon State
Dec. 29, 5:45 p.m., ESPN
De Smet Jesuit grad Malcolm Agnew and his Beaver teammates will be in San Antonio to play the home state Longhorns and experience The Riverwalk.
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman, Army vs. San Jose State
Dec. 27, 2 p.m., ESPN
De Smet Jesuit graduate Chris Boldt, a senior, is the Golden Knghts' punter this season and Priory's Colin Linkul, a sophomore, is in a reserve role on defense. Army faces rival Navy next week.
Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl, UCF vs. Ball State
Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m., ESPN
De Smet Jesuit grad KeVonn Mabon has made a freshman impression for the MAC program at Ball State, with 2 TDs and 20 catches for more than 300 yards receiving for the Cardinals.
And here are more bowl games scheduled:
- Discover Orange Bowl — Florida State vs. Northern Illinois. Jan. 1, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
- Allstate Sugar Bowl — Florida vs. Louisville. Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
- Tostitos Fiesta Bowl — Kansas State vs. Oregon. Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
- Capital One Bowl — Georgia vs. Nebraska. Jan. 1, 12 p.m., ABC
- GoDaddy.com Bowl — Arkansas State vs. Kent State. Jan. 6, 8 p.m., ESPN
- BBVA Compass Bowl — Pittsburgh vs. Ole Miss. Jan. 5, 12 p.m., ESPN.
- TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl — Northwestern vs. Mississippi State. Jan. 1, 11 a.m., ESPN2
- Chick-fil-A Bowl — LSU vs. Clemson. Dec. 31 6:30 p.m., ESPN
- Hyundai Sun Bowl — Georgia Tech vs. USC. Dec. 31, 1 p.m., CBS
- Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl — Vanderbilt vs. North Carolina State. Dec. 31, 11 a.m., ESPN
- Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl — TCU vs. Michigan State. Dec. 29, 9:15 p.m., ESPN
- Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl — Navy vs. Arizona State. Dec. 29, 3 p.m., ESPN2
- New Era Pinstripe Bowl — Syracuse vs. West Virginia. Dec. 29, 2:15 p.m., ESPN
- Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl — Rice vs. Air Force. Dec. 29, 10:45 a.m., ESPN
- Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl — Minnesota vs. Texas Tech. Dec. 28, 8 p.m., ESPN
- Russell Athletic Bowl — Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers. Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
- AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl — University of Louisiana-Monroe vs. Ohio University. Dec. 28, 1 p.m., ESPN
- Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl — Baylor vs. UCLA. Dec. 27, 8:45 p.m., ESPN
- Belk Bowl — Duke vs. Cincinnati. Dec. 27, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
- Little Caesars Pizza Bowl — Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan. Dec. 26, 6:30 p.m., ESPN
- Sheraton Hawaii Bowl — SMU vs. Fresno State. Dec. 24, 7 p.m., ESPN.
- MAACO Las Vegas Bowl — Washington vs. Boise State. Dec. 22, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
- R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl — East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Dec. 22, 11 a.m., ESPN
- S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl — BYU vs. San Diego State. Dec. 20, 7 p.m., ESPN
- Famous Idaho Potato Bowl — Utah State vs. Toledo. Dec. 15, 3:30 p.m. ESPN
- Gildan New Mexico Bowl — Nevada vs. Arizona. Dec. 15, 12 p.m., ESPN