Cotton Bowl Missouri Tigers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/3/14
Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2) at Missouri Tigers (11-2)
College Football: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm (AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 62.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma State Cowboys clash with the Missouri Tigers in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium.
Oklahoma State was one of the more balanced teams in college football with their ability to light up the scoreboard and put a stranglehold on opposing attacks. The defense gave up378 yards and just 20 points which are solid numbers considering this unit sometimes was on the field often because of their quick strike offense. The Cowboys averaged 440 yards and 40 points with nearly 270 yards coming from the #29 passing game. JW Walsh threw for 1,333 yards before Clint Chelf took over the quarterback duties and finished with nearly 1,800 yards with 15 TD's against six picks. Tracy Moore (44-638) paced OSU in receiving yards with Josh Stewart (52-623) leading in receptions while Jhajuan Seales and Charlie Moore combined for 950+ yards on 67 catches. Desmond Roland paced the rushing attack with 745 yards on 160 carries although the Cowboys didn't feature the run.
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Missouri looked like a possible National Championship contender before the defense was nowhere to be found in a 59-42 loss to Auburn in the SEC title game. The defense did perform well overall with 407 yards and less then 23 points given up which was more then enough for a balance offense. The attack produced 493 yards and 39 points and could both run or throw as desired. James Franklin was the star under center with 2,254 yards with 19 scores versus five interceptions while adding nearly 500 yards with his legs. The primary targets inthe air were the duo of L'Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham with 853 and 830 yards respectively while Marcus Lucas (55-646) was a quality option as well. Henry Josey was the go to man on the ground with 1,074 yards on 162 carries followed by Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy with a combined 1,000+ yards.
This shapes up to be one of the better Bowl games in my view in what will be fairly high scoring. The last team that has the ball might win and hopefuly that team is Missouri but I have a few days to dwell on this...