Friday, January 3, 2014

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: Cotton Bowl

 He's a man.

The When/Where:

Friday, January 3rd at 7:30 p.m. EST.  AT&T Stadium, Dallas, TX. FOX.

The Who:

#13 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2 7-2 Big 12) vs. #8 Missouri Tigers (11-2, 7-1 SEC)

The Why:

Both of these teams had their eyes set on a BCS bowl bid, but after Mizzou lost to Auburn in the SEC title game, and the Cowboys lost to In-state rival Oklahoma, they ended up in the Cotton Bowl.  Despite the BCS disappointment, this is a big game for both teams as the former Big 8 and Big 12 rivals meet for the 45th time. 

The Cowboys started the season off at 3-0 but dropped their first Big 12 game to lowly West Virginia in a very bad lost.  However, “I’m a man” Mike Gundy replaced starting QB J.W. Walsh with Clint Chelf and the Cowboys rattled off 7 straight wins including a drumming of former national title contender Baylor in Waco.  The Cowboys lost to double digit underdog Oklahoma at home in the last game of the year. Bedlam indeed.

Mizzou lost a heartbreaker to SEC foe South Carolina at home in overtime, but recovered from the loss and rolled through the rest of their SEC schedule.  The Tigers earned a spot in the SEC title game in only their second year in the league.  In that game, Mizzou was gashed by Auburn's high powered offense and lost in a shootout 59-42. 

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:
Oklahoma State’s Clint Chelf and Mizzou’s James Franklin are both dual threat Quarterbacks who could be problems for both defenses out of the pocket. 

A key matchup for both teams will be Wide Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham for Mizzou and Defensive Back Justin Garret for Oklahoma State.  Mizzou relies on Green-Becham to draw coverage away from other receivers and to open up the run game. If future first round draft pick Justin Garret, can lock him down one on one look for Mizzou’s offense to struggle. 

Look for Missouri Defense End Michael Sam who was named AP first-team All-America and SEC defensive player of the year after ranking among the national leaders with 10 1/2 sacks and 18 tackles for loss to have a big game against the Oklahoma State spread

Pool Prognosticators Pattern:

Missouri has played up their move to the SEC to a nauseating level.  And to be honest, I still think they made a mistake. Nonetheless this game for Mizzou is kind of like when you go back to your High School Reunion and want to show your old girlfriend what she is missing out on.

On the flip side, Oklahoma State is carrying the flag of college football freedom against the much talked about SEC. However, I don’t like Mike Gundy.

Did I mention I live in Missouri?

The Vegas Edge:

Oklahoma State is a 1.5 point favorite with an over/under of 62. 

The Sweatpants Verdict

I think this game means more to Mizzou than Oklahoma State. If Bowl games are about who wants it more than I smell an upset.

Mizzou 31  Okla. State 30.

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