|Written by Mick Bergen|
|Thursday, 19 December 2013 08:55|
The Big 12 will take on the SEC when the #13 Oklahoma State Cowboys look to make a statement against the #8 Missouri Tigers on January 3rd in Arlington. Oklahoma State will take the field at AT&T Stadium as underdogs having finished 10-2 straight up and 7-2 in the Big 12 with losses to West Virginia and then #17 Oklahoma. Missouri had BCS National Championship hopes toward the end of the year but finished with a 42-59 loss to then #3 Auburn to settle for an 11-2 mark going 7-1 in the SEC. Having a tougher schedule this season, 2014 Cotton Bowl odds have Missouri favored vs Oklahoma State by just one point. Vegas sportsbooks have listed the Tigers as -1 point betting favorites vs the Cowboys with the over/under total set at 61.
Oklahoma State was favored to win the Big 12 championship against the Oklahoma Sooners but allowed a 16-point fourth quarter including a late touchdown with 19-seconds on the clock to fall short of their goals. The QB tandem of Senior Clint Chelf and Sophomore J.W. Walsh haven proven to be effective over the course of the year accounting for 3,125-yards for 24-touchdowns but still ranked just 32nd overall in passing with an average of 268.5-yards per game. The running game also left much to be desired ranking 65th overall with an average of just 172-ypg. The key to a Cowboys victory will be the play of their top ranked defense which ranked 14th overall in points against allowing opponents a stingy 20-ppg. Cotton Bowl odds in Vegas have Oklahoma State slight underdogs vs Missouri but handicappers would be wise to note that the Cowboys have won and covered their last three bowl games while going 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games.
The Tigers had to play six ranked teams this year and might have had a shot at the BCS championship but fell to then #21 South Carolina and #3 Auburn to settle instead for a trip to Texas. Missouri were only down by 3-points heading at the end of the third quarter for the SEC title but were shutout in the fourth and allowed two unanswered scores to fade away from the national championship picture. The Tigers will take the field with Senior James Franklin looking to capitalize on a season consisting of 2,255-yards for 19-touchdowns. The running game finished 17th overall with an average of 236.5-yards per game behind 1,074-yard and 13-TD's from Junior Henry Josey. Defense will also be a major factor to a Tigers victory having ranked 29th overall (22.5-ppg) and are still reeling from their poor performance against Auburn. 2014 Cotton Bowl odds have Missouri favored vs Oklahoma State since going 11-2 ATS in their last 13-games but gamblers should be aware that the Tigers have also gone 1-5 SU and against the spread in the past six meetings with the Cowboys.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 09:11|