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Missouri vs. Oklahoma State - 12/31/18 - Liberty Bowl - College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Missouri Tigers (8-4) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-6)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 3:45 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys +9 -- Over/Under: 74
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys take the field with the Missouri Tigers in the Liberty Bowl on Monday.

The Missouri Tigers ended the regular season with four consecutive victories to go 8-4. Missouri was more then capable offensively with 469 yards and 37 points with 272 yards coming through the air. The Tigers defense gave up 379 yards and 24 points but could be hurt through the air with opponents throwing for an average of 256 yards.

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock completed 63.2% of his passes  for 3,125 yards and 25 touchdowns along with eight interceptions.

Emanuel Hall gave the Tigers plenty of explosiveness at receiver with 756 yards on 35 catches for a 21.6 yard average with Johnathon Johnson recording 50 receptions for 552 yards.

Larry Rountree topped the Tigers on the ground with 1,012 yards on 198 totes with Damarea Crockett  adding 709 yards on 147 touches. 

The Oklahoma State Cowboys were only 3-6 over their final nine games to barely become Bowl eligible. Oklahoma State racked up almost 500 yards and 38 points with the #12 passing game averaging 307 yards. The Cowboys defense gave up 437 yards and 32 points and generally struggled against the run and pass.

OSU quarterback Taylor Cornelius connected on 59.3% of his throws for 3,637 yards with 28 touchdowns and eleven picks.

Tylan Wallace was the Cowboys receiver of choice with 79 catches for 1,398 yards and a 17.7 yard average while Tyron Johnson caught 46 passes for 704 yards.

Justice Hill led Oklahoma State on the ground with 930 yards on 158 totes while Chuba Hubbard added 595 yards on 106 touches.

Over is 3-0-1 in Missouri Tigers last 4 non-conference games and Missouri Tigers are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games in December and under is 5-1 in Missouri Tigers last 6 vs. Big 12. Over is 6-0 in Oklahoma State Cowboys last 6 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game and over is 6-0 in Oklahoma State Cowboys last 6 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and Oklahoma State Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. 

I’m thinking we see one the higher scoring Bowl games with both squads doing damage…

Pick:
over 74

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