The Tigers (8-18, .308) are in 12th place right now. All they have to do is stay ahead of #13 Tennessee (7-17, .292). With 4 SEC games left for each team, any combination of MU wins and/or UT losses equaling 4 or more clinches the #12 spot.
The tie breaking rules (UT beat MU earlier this year) won't come into play because UT has 2 fewer games under its belt due to cancellations, and so there can be no statistical tie.
MU plays today against Alabama and then next weekend 3 vs. Kentucky
UT plays today vs. Arkansas and then next weekend 3 vs. Texas A&M.