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College Football
Preview
Oklahoma State vs Missouri
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, January 3, 2014
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

AT&T COTTON BOWL STORYLINES

1. Perhaps the best non-BCS matchup of the bowl season comes in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, where former conference rivals No. 13 Oklahoma State and No. 9 Missouri square off Jan. 3 in Arlington, Texas. Both teams were one win away from BCS berths - or in the Tigers' case, perhaps a spot in the national championship game. The Cowboys won the last three meetings when the teams were Big 12 foes after Missouri had won four of the previous five.

2. Expect a shootout from two of the best, most balanced offenses in the nation as Oklahoma State averages 39.8 points and Missouri 39. The Tigers boast a better ground game, but both teams can hurt opponents with the run or the pass.

3. The turnover battle is always critical, but particularly so when each team's success is as reliant on winning it as these two. Oklahoma State has 30 takeaways and is plus-15 in that department, while Missouri has forced 29 turnovers and is plus-16. The Tigers have a streak of 43 consecutive games with at least one takeaway - the longest current streak in the FBS.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox. LINE: Missouri -1

ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (10-2, 7-2 Big 12): The Cowboys rotated quarterbacks early in the season but have settled on senior Clint Chelf as their man, and with good reason. Chelf has passed for 1,792 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions while adding 321 yards and six TDs on the ground at a clip of 6.1 yards per carry. The Cowboys are tough against the run - tied for 22nd nationally at 132.9 yards allowed per game - and have a lockdown cornerback in All-American Justin Gilbert, who should be able to neutralize one of Missouri's stable of dangerous receivers.

ABOUT MISSOURI (11-2, 7-1 SEC): The Tigers were quietly one of the best running teams in the SEC thanks to three running backs who each have more than 500 yards on the ground and quarterback James Franklin (474 yards, four touchdowns). If the Cowboys manage to bottle up Henry Josey (1,074 yards, 13 TDs), Russell Hansbrough (660, four) and Marcus Murphy (571, nine), they'll still have to contend with Franklin and Missouri's bevy of talented - and tall - receivers led by Dorial Green-Beckham (55 catches, 830 yards, 12 TDs) and L'Damian Washington (47, 853, 10). Missouri's defense had a great season with All-America defensive end Michael Sam leading the way, but the Tigers were gashed for 677 total yards - 545 on the ground - in their 59-42 loss to Auburn in the SEC Championship game.

PREDICTION: Missouri 37, Oklahoma State 34

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Oklahoma State 10-2 L1 39.8 20.0 6-1 4-1 3-0 0-0 7-2
Missouri 11-2 L1 39.0 22.5 6-1 5-1 2-0 0-0 7-2
Last Meeting
Oklahoma State Missouri
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/22/11 OKST 45 MIZZ 24 533 195 338 463 248 215
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Oklahoma State B. Weeden 67.3 338 3 1
Missouri J. Franklin 51.9 184 1 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Oklahoma State J. Randle 14 138 9.9 3
Missouri H. Josey 25 138 5.5 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Oklahoma State M. Harrison 3 71 23.7 1
Missouri T. Moe 6 103 17.2 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Oklahoma State J. Randle 4
Missouri J. Franklin 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Oklahoma State C. Chelf 56.0 1792 15 6
Missouri J. Franklin 65.5 2254 19 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Oklahoma State D. Roland 160 745 4.7 12
Missouri H. Josey 162 1074 6.6 13
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Oklahoma State T. Moore 44 638 14.5 6
Missouri L. Washington 47 853 18.1 10
Touchdowns Player TD
Oklahoma State D. Roland 15
Missouri H. Josey 14
Quickchart Matchup
Oklahoma State Off vs  Missouri Def
440.9 yards
407.1 yards
4.5 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
7.5 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt
Missouri Off vs  Oklahoma State Def
492.9 yards
378.5 yards
5.7 yards/rush
3.5 yards/rush
8.1 yards/attempt
5.9 yards/attempt