Here is my eighth of 10 previews and predictions on the SEC bowl games in college football this season including the BCS National Championship.
AT&T Cotton Bowl
#8 Missouri (11-2) vs. #13 Oklahoma State (10-2)
Jan. 3 / 8 p.m. / FOX
Cowboys Stadium (71,167) / Arlington, Texas
Series History: Missouri leads, 28-23
Last Meeting: OSU, 45-24 (2011 at Columbia)
VegasInsider Point Spread: Missouri -1
Vinny’s Vibe: This is another underrated bowl game. These two teams are former conference foes in the Big12 and the Big Eight.
In talking to FOX Sports Analyst Charles Davis, who will call the game with Gus Johnson, he thinks two big keys will be Oklahoma State’s offensive tackles versus the fast, talented and productive defensive ends for Missouri and whic quarterback plays the best.
Michael Sam, Kony Ealy and the other good pass rushers were nullified in the SEC Championship Game versus Auburn’s triple-option rushing attack. That won’t be the case against a balanced OK State offense. Will there be any hang-over for this defense after it was shredded last time out?
Oklahoma State’s season took-off when Mike Gundy went back to Sr. QB Clint Chelf. He’s a dual-threat QB with 15 TD passes and is the 3rd leading rusher for the Cowboys. Chelf has to protect the football against an opportunistic Tigers defense. These are two of the best in the country in turnover margin, so if either team has a significant edge there it will be huge. Watch for Missouri CB EJ Gaines to be a big factor in this game.
On the other side, QB James Franklin has had a fantastic season. He did all he could in the SEC Championship Game. I’d actually like to see him run a little more in this game. Franklin needs to watch for Oklahoma State’s talented, big Sr. CB Justin Gilbert.
I think this will be a very entertaining, close game. I think Mizzou is a little better overall because of their balance across the board in all three phases.
Missouri 38 Oklahoma State 35
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