College Football
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Texas vs Missouri
When: 9:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas



ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL STORYLINES

1. Former Big 12 rivals reconnect when Missouri faces Texas in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27 in Houston. The Longhorns own a 17-6 record against the Tigers and have captured 15 of the last 17 meetings, but Missouri won the most recent clash 17-5 at home in 2011 – its last season in the Big 12. Both teams are back in bowl games for the first time in three years.

2. Missouri possessed one of the nation’s most prolific offenses this season, particularly during its current six-game winning streak. Quarterback Drew Lock has thrown an SEC-record 43 touchdown passes this season – the most in the country – and has helped the Tigers put up at least 45 points in six straight games. The big question is whether or not Missouri can sustain that success with someone else calling the plays after offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was named the new head coach at Central Florida.

3. Texas already knows it will be without one key player on each side of the ball, as safety DeShon Elliott and offensive tackle Connor Williams have announced they will skip the game to prepare for the NFL draft, and linebacker Malik Jefferson has yet to make a decision. Elliott ranked second on the team in tackles (63) and tackles for loss (8.5) and led the Longhorns with six interceptions and three forced fumbles while Williams is the team’s top offensive lineman. It would be an even bigger loss if Jefferson, the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, elects to declare for the draft and skip the game.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Missouri -3



ABOUT TEXAS (6-6, 5-4 Big 12): The Longhorns lean on an excellent defense that ranks 31st in the nation in scoring (21.7 points) and 42nd in total defense (363.6 yards) despite playing in the offense-dominated Big 12. The team's weakness is its secondary, particularly with Elliott leaving and cornerback Holton Hill suspended, so the Longhorns might have trouble with Lock and the Tigers’ potent passing game. The offense has been inconsistent, resulting in Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger splitting time at quarterback, and coach Tom Herman hasn’t committed to a starter for the bowl game.

ABOUT MISSOURI (7-5, 4-4 SEC): The Tigers are trying to join the 2008 Rutgers squad as the only teams in college football history to win eight games after starting 1-5. They emerged from their early-season struggles thanks to an offense that can hurt opponents in myriad ways – Missouri ranks 14th nationally in passing (311.9 yards) and 35th in rushing (199.6). The Tigers had their share of trouble on defense, especially against the pass, but they rank 13th in the country with 92 tackles for loss.





PREDICTION: Missouri 37, Texas 30


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Texas 6-6 L1 29.2 21.7 3-4 3-2 2-3 0-0 5-4
Missouri 7-5 W6 39.3 31.8 4-3 3-2 1-2 0-0 4-4
Last Meeting
Texas Missouri
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/12/11 TEX 5 MIZZ 17 247 76 171 338 152 186
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Texas D. Ash 44.8 158 0 1
Missouri J. Franklin 69.2 186 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Texas J. Hills 11 35 3.2 0
Missouri K. Lawrence 18 106 5.9 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Texas M. Goodwin 3 57 19.0 0
Missouri T. Moe 5 74 14.8 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Texas E. Acho 0
Missouri J. Franklin 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Texas S. Ehlinger 56.5 1803 10 7
Missouri D. Lock 58.2 3695 43 12
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Texas S. Ehlinger 103 364 3.5 2
Missouri I. Witter 171 992 5.8 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Texas C. Johnson 51 725 14.2 2
Missouri J. Moore 60 1017 17.0 10
Touchdowns Player TD
Texas K. Porter 5
Missouri A. Okwuegbunam 11
Quickchart Matchup
Texas Texas Off vs  Missouri Missouri Def
Texas 408.3 yards
Missouri 425.2 yards
Texas 3.7 yards/rush
Missouri 4.1 yards/rush
Texas 6.8 yards/attempt
Missouri 7.6 yards/attempt
Missouri Missouri Off vs  Texas Texas Def
Missouri 511.5 yards
Texas 363.6 yards
Missouri 5.3 yards/rush
Texas 3 yards/rush
Missouri 9.5 yards/attempt
Texas 7.4 yards/attempt