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Missouri vs Ohio State Odds, Spread, Over/Under, Moneyline - Cotton Bowl Odds

Moneyline: Missouri Tigers -120, Ohio State Buckeyes -110
Spread: Missouri -1 (-110), Ohio State +1 (-110)
Total: Over/Under 48.5 points

College Football Cotton Bowl – Game info - Missouri at Ohio State  College Football Season 2023
Missouri (10-2, 3-1 Away) vs Ohio State (11-1, 6-0 Home)
Date: Friday, December. 29th, 2023
Time: 8:00pm Eastern Time
Venue: AT&T Stadium - Arlington, Texas
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: FuboTV
Live Radio: WBNS-FM/AM (97.1/1460)

The Cotton Bowl offers up an intriguing clash between the 9th-ranked Missouri Tigers and the 7th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. After narrowly missing out on a trip to the Big Ten Championship game, there is no doubt that the Buckeyes are the stronger side, but they will be fielding a completely different roster to the one that led them to an 11-1 record. Quarterback Kyle McCord has entered the portal and a whole host of Buckeye stars will likely be missing as they prepare for the NFL draft.

This gives Missouri an excellent opportunity to show their quality on a big stage. They would love to topple the Buckeyes and will attempt to do so with a full-strength side. Their motivation to win the prestigious Bowl Game will likely outweigh their opponents, who are still disappointed after missing the college playoffs. Can the unlikely favorites secure the big win?

Missouri vs Ohio State Preview

The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of the most prestigious programs in the college game, meaning every season is dedicated to a playoff push. Having narrowly missed out this year, they enter this game with question marks all over the roster and an inevitable level of disappointment to be here.

As one of the best Universities in the country, the Buckeyes are never short of future NFL stars, which means Bowl Game depth charts can look very different. Marvin Harrison Jr, Cade Stover, Emeka Egbuka, TreVeyon Henderson and JT Tuimoloau are likely to miss out as they prepare for the draft. They will add to a list of missing players that already includes starting quarterback Kyle McCord, who has entered the transfer portal.

In his absence, the starting role will be handed over to Sophomore Devin Brown, who has only 197 passing yards in his entire career. The pressure will be on for Brown, but it provides him with an incredible opportunity to make a name for himself on a big stage. The young quarterback will likely be without his primary offensive weapons, but the Buckeye talent pool is loaded, and he should still have opportunities to march Ohio State up the field.

Wide Receiver Xavier Johnson has over 140 yards as a rusher and a receiver, averaging a tidy 6.7 yards per carry. Buckeye fans will also be excited to get a proper look at freshman receiver Carnell Tate, who has been buried on the depth chart behind Ohio’s superstar pass catchers. Bowl Games like this provide a perfect opportunity to kickstart a college career.

Missouri has a solid but unspectacular defense, giving up an average of 360 yards per game. If the Buckeye newbies can click on the big stage, they should be able to move the ball and put up some points. All eyes will be on Devin Brown to see how the sophomore quarterback handles his big moment.

It is a completely different story for Missouri, who will be blessed with the ability to field a full-strength roster. Brady Cook has enjoyed a solid year at quarterback, passing for 3,189 yards, 20 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Despite Ohio State missing many of their star players, this will be the toughest of tests for the second-year starter. The Buckeyes have held opposing offenses to just 11.4 points on average this year, which is the second fewest behind only Michigan.

Thankfully, the Tigers will be able to call upon two of college football’s best offensive players from the 2023 season. Running back Cody Schrader was incredible this season, finishing with 1,489 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, also contributing another 191 yards as a receiver. Ohio State have allowed just 3.4 yards per carry this year. Missouri’s ability to get their star running back going will be one of the keys to the game.

It’s not just the run game that Ohio State must worry about. Wide receiver Luther Burden has put together a spectacular season, registering 1,197 yards and 8 touchdowns. His yardage mark is just 14 yards behind projected top 3 pick Marvin Harrison Jr, so his decision to play in this game is a massive bonus for the Tigers.

Cook, Schrader and Burden have been the stars of the show for Missouri, and another big game this weekend would go a long way to securing their first Bowl Game victory since 2014.

Missouri vs Ohio State Prediction and Pick

It has been a fantastic year for the Missouri Tigers under Eli Drinkwitz. They have posted their first winning season since 2018 and registered double-digit wins for the first time since 2014. At the beginning of the season, Bowl games seemed a long shot, but they have exceeded expectations by finishing with a ranking of 9.

They will be desperate to continue proving that they deserve respect in the college game, and a depleted Ohio State team without their starting quarterback provides a great opportunity to do that. They will be more motivated than the Buckeyes and have the talent required to get the victory.

The Pick: Missouri Tigers -1 (-110)

I will be taking the under in this game. There is a lot of unknown at the Ohio State quarterback position, with Devin Brown having only passed for 197 career passing yards. Even without their star players, this Ohio State unit will be well coached and talented, but there is too much unknown for me to back them to post a good score.

Similarly, the Ohio State defense should still be able to make life difficult for Brady Cook and the Tigers' offense. I back Cook to put together some scoring drives, but not enough to take us past the total of 48.5.

The Pick: Missouri vs Ohio State Under 48.5 (-110)

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