Kickoff: 2:45 PM CT
Location: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, Tennessee)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network
After winning 4 of their first 5 games of the season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys loss 5 of their next 7 to stumble to 6-6, the worst regular-season record for the Cowboys since 2014.
The offensive line has been an eyesore all season long, which hasn’t given quarterback Taylor Cornelius a lot of time to throw at times, and the defense has been less than adequate, but after a month of preparation, perhaps they are up to the task of taking on the Missouri Tigers in the Liberty Bowl.
The Tigers started their season 4-4 before winning their last 4 games, including a win over Florida at the Swamp and a victory over Vanderbilt at home. Missouri’s offense isn’t quite as potent as Oklahoma State’s, but the Tigers still manage 468.8 total yards and 36.8 points per game.
Missouri’s defense is better than Oklahoma State’s, allowing 24.4 points per game (44th in NCAA), compared to the Cowboys at 32.4 (97th), and they give up 379.0 yards per game (53rd) compared to Oklahoma State at 437.1 yards per game (100th). However, the Tigers play in the more defensively-focused SEC, while the Cowboys play much more high-powered offenses in the Big 12.
Today’s matchup will likely come down to whoever can force a turnover or two and put together a few stops. Both offenses are likely to score 30+ points, but if one squad is able to score a defensive or special teams touchdown, it could be a difference-maker in the ball game.
Favorite: Missouri (-8.5)