Their BCS Bowl dreams snuffed on the final Saturday of the
regular season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Missouri Tigers square off in
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Mizzou opened as 1.5 point chalk, with that spread dropping to a point a little more than two weeks in advance of the event. SBR's live college football odds still lists 60.5 for the total, exactly where it began.
The Tigers and Cowboys are meeting for the 52nd time with
Is This The Year Big 12 Gets Best Of SEC?
The Cotton Bowl has taken on something of a big
brother-little brother look in recent years with the SEC representative beating
the Big 12 squad the last five year, and nine of the last 10. Ironically, the last Big 12 team to win this
The games haven't even been close in most cases, with Ole
Miss' 21-7 win over
The Cowboys bring a high-powered offense into the affair, ranking 14th in scoring (39.8 ppg) and racking up more than 440 yards per game on average. But there were times that Clint Chelf and the unit seemed to be just going through the motions and never developed a consistent assault. Quickly establishing the running game behind a solid offensive line, anchored by senior tackle Parker Graham, would go a long way to beating the Tigers.
Pinkel, Tigers Look To Extend SEC's Dominance Over Big 12
You can bet Gary Pinkel and his staff at Mizzou are
stressing run defense in practices leading up to the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers were embarrassed by
While the defense was holding opponents to 22.5 PPG,
quarterback James Franklin and the Mizzou offense were busy scoring 39 per
game, just behind OSU's average. A deep
backfield was paced by Henry Josey's 1,074 yards rushing, and
Weather won't be a factor inside Jerry Jones' gridiron cathedral, and that's good news since you never know what you're going to get in the D-FW area this time of year. I'm looking for a high-scoring affair with my college football picks, and expect the total to be hurdled before the game gets too far into the fourth quarter.
My pick: Oklahoma State-Missouri Over 60.5Reg. Season: 31-15 (+14.5)