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(13) Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. (9) Missouri (11-2)



Friday, January 3, 7:30 p.m. (ET)

SportsNetwork.com

By Mike Castiglione, Associate College Football Editor

GAME NOTES: Former conference rivals are set to collide in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium, as the ninth-ranked Missouri Tigers take on the 13th- ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Oklahoma State is making its eighth straight bowl appearance and has won its last three bowl games overall, including a 58-14 thrashing of Purdue in last year's Heart of Dallas Bowl. A win here would give the Cowboys their third 11- win campaign in the last four years under coach Mike Gundy -- no small feat for a program that had produced only three 10-win seasons in its history before Gundy took over in 2005.

The Cowboys were defeated by arch-rival Oklahoma in the final seconds of this year's installment of the Bedlam Series on Dec. 7, a result that snapped OSU's seven-game win streak and denied its bid for the Big 12 title, as well as the conference's automatic BCS bid. Now, Gundy and the Pokes shift their focus to a former Big 12 foe that also had hopes of going to a BCS bowl.

"I think the success (Missouri) had early in the SEC surprised most people across the country," Gundy said. "The talk then was that Missouri and (Texas A&M) were getting into a league that they weren't prepared for in some people's opinion. We've always had a lot of respect for Missouri"

Missouri is back in a bowl game after missing out on the postseason last year, when it stumbled to a 5-7 record in its first season in the Southeastern Conference. But the Tigers certainly turned it around in year two and went on to win the East Division despite being picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll.

They reeled off seven straight wins to start the year, including an impressive victory over then seventh-ranked Georgia. They continued to take care of business in the latter part of the season despite starting quarterback James Franklin missing four starts with a shoulder injury. Franklin returned late in the year and posted a big game against Auburn in the SEC Championship, but the second-ranked Tigers went on to claim a 59-42 victory and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game.

Missouri holds a 28-23 edge in the all-time series with Oklahoma State, although the Cowboys have won each of the last three meetings.

Oklahoma State has scored 20 or more points in 51 consecutive games dating back to the start of the 2010 season, the longest active streak in the country. The Cowboys have averaged nearly 40 points per game this season (39.8) to rank 14th nationally in scoring offense. Against OU, Desmond Roland ran for 144 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, including a one-yard score that gave OSU a 24-20 lead with 1:46 remaining. However, the Sooners answered with a game-winning touchdown drive to dash the Cowboys' hopes of winning their second Big 12 title in three seasons.

Quarterback Clint Chelf said that although it was not easy, the team has indeed moved on from that heartbreaking outcome.

"The first week after the game, I would have said yes," Chelf said when asked if there was any hangover from the Bedlam game. "It was a tough loss. Now, we're focused on Missouri. We're excited to play again and to get that bad taste out of our mouth."

Oklahoma State is one of only two teams in the country that rank in the top-15 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense (20.0 ppg, fourth), joining No. 1 Florida State. However, the defense folded at the worst time against Oklahoma, as the Sooners marched 66 yards in less than a minute and a half to score the deciding touchdown with only 19 seconds remaining.

Despite that gut-wrenching final drive, the OSU defense is not a unit to underestimate. After all, the Pokes rank fourth nationally in turnover margin (+1.3), fifth in red-zone defense (0.7), and seventh in third-down defense (0.3). Leading the way is senior cornerback Justin Gilbert, a consensus All- American who topped the Big 12 and ranked fifth nationally with six interceptions this season. He returned two picks for touchdowns, giving him an impressive eight non-offensive TDs in his career.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin returned from his injury to start the final three games, and his numbers steadily improved in each of those starts. He saved his best for the Auburn game, throwing for 303 yards and three touchdowns, while also running for another score. Junior tailback Henry Josey went over 1,000 yards for the season in that game, as he piled up 123 yards in only nine carries, marking his fourth 100-yard rushing game of 2013 and 11th of his career.

Balance is the key to the Tigers offense, as four players have scored at least 10 touchdowns, a first-ever accomplishment at Missouri (Josey, 14; sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham, 12; senior WR L'Damian Washington, 10; junior TB Marcus Murphy, 10).

Defensively, Mizzou boasts a national-best streak of 43 consecutive games with a takeaway, which junior defensive end Kony Ealy kept alive with one of two forced fumbles in the SEC Championship Game. The last time the Tigers failed to record at least one takeaway in a game was Oct. 30, 2010 at Nebraska. The headliner of the unit is Ealy's bookend, unanimous All-American Michael Sam. He enters the Cotton Bowl as the SEC leader with 10.5 sacks and 18.0 tackles for loss. On Dec. 9, he was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, the second Tiger ever to win conference defensive player of the year honors.

Both rosters are littered with players who hail from the state of Texas, so the AT&T Stadium crowd figures to be split fairly evenly. Oklahoma State has won nine of its last 10 matchups against current members of the SEC, but the Tigers certainly present as formidable a challenge as any.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma State 30, Missouri 27

12/30 11:53:57 ET

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Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
Final
WAS 3
CHC 0
Final
ARI 3
STL 4
Final
SDP 5
ANA 4
Final
ATL 3
LOS 2
1:05pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
7:05pm Monday
TOR
WAS
 
7:10pm Monday
CHC
MIA
 
7:10pm Monday
MIN
BOS
 
8:10pm Monday
BAL
HOU
 
8:10pm Monday
MIL
STL
 
8:40pm Monday
LOS
COL
 
9:40pm Monday
ATL
ARI
 
10:05pm Monday
TAM
ANA
 
10:10pm Monday
NYM
SDP
 
10:10pm Monday
NYY
SEA
 
10:15pm Monday
PIT
SFG
 
Final
HOU 90
GSW 104
Final
ANA 2
CHI 5
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR