Missouri made its case for having deserved a chance in one of the elite bowl games, routing Darren McFadden and Arkansas 38-7 in the AT&T Cotton Bowl to cap a magical season with quite an exclamation point.
Darren McFadden will play in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day after the university reviewed a media report linking the All-America running back and an agent to the purchase of a vehicle and found no reason to make him ineligible.
Arkansas officials are looking into allegations that running back Darren McFadden received a car from an agent, as the agent and McFadden's father denied the report and the TV station that aired the story apologized.
The SEC championship game is a crossroads of sorts: LSU is coming off a heartbreaking OT loss to Arkansas that ended its national title aspirations. Tennessee has reeled off five straight wins and exceeded everyone's expectations.