Joe D'Amico's NCAAF Cotton Bowl Winner
Oklahoma State vs. Missouri,
01/03/2014 20:00 EDT,
Score: 31 - 41
Point Spread: +2/-110 Missouri
Today's winner is Missouri over Oklahoma State.
Missouri comes in looking to avenge a 2011 loss to Oklahoma State in which the Cowboys defeated the Tigers, 45-24. Both teams average 39 PPG and allow between 20-22 PPG. But that is where the similarities end. There are a few major differences here. OSU does not have a "go-to" RB to speak of. Mizzou has a trio of rushers in Josey, Hansbrough, and Murphy, who have racked up 2305 YR and 26 TD'S. Even if Oklahoma State can slow down the runners, they still must contend with QB, James Franklin in the air and on the ground. The play-caller has 2254 YP, a 19-5 TD/INT ratio, and another 474 YR and 4 TD'S with his legs. Secondly, the Cowboys stumbled in their loss against the Sooners in their last game. The Tigers watched that game film and saw that they had problems with a speedy defensive squad. They will have a difficult time vs. a fast and deep Missouri stop unit here that led the SEC with 38 sacks. SEC defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam and CB, EJ Gaines will be a nightmare for QB, Clint Chelf and his lowly 56% CR. Take Missouri. Thank you.