College Football Betting – Missouri and Oklahoma State Seek Redemption in Cotton Bowl

Missouri, which lost in the SEC title game to Auburn, was 11-2 straight up on the season, with an outstanding record against the NCAA football odds of 10-3. Oklahoma State, which lost its opportunity to win the Big 12 title by dropping a 33-24 decision to Oklahoma in the season finale, is 10-2 straight up on the year, with a record of 8-4 against the football pointspread.


In the college football betting odds that have been posted on this game at BetAnySports, it is indeed very very close:


Oklahoma State Cowboys -1.5

Missouri Tigers  +1.5


Over 62 points -110

Under 62 points -110


This game is a little bit unusual when compared to other bowl matchups in the respect that these teams, as recently as 2011, were playing each other on a rather regular basis as members of the Big 12. And along those lines, there is no question that the elder players on the Missouri team remember all too well a very painful 45-24 defeat at home to this OSU squad two seasons ago. This is obviously a more veteran bunch than the one that played in that game, and they are indeed loaded with weapons; indeed, they were able to trade points for quite a while with Auburn in the SEC championship contest before going down to a 59-42 defeat.


What BetAnySports customers have noticed this year about Oklahoma State is the fact that they haven't really had the caliber of weapons that they have had in recent years, yet this is still a very high scoring team. The Cowboys have averaged 38 points per game against FBS (Division I) competition, so they've gotten the job done regardless. That's a credit to head coach Mike Gundy and his staff.


The man at the controls of this offense is quarterback Clint Chelf, and many college football bettors recognize that the move that perhaps catapulted Oklahoma State to a different level came when Gundy inserted Chelf into the lineup in place of JW Walsh. Shelf threw 15 touchdown passes on the season, and proved to be more than adequate both as a passer and someone who could pull the ball down and run with it. There isn't necessarily a Dez Bryant or Justin Blackmon in the lineup, but he's got some pretty solid wide receivers at his disposal, like Josh Stewart (52 receptions) and Tracy Moore, who has caught 44 passes.


Oklahoma State suffered a very disappointing early loss at West Virginia, and the final score in their game against Oklahoma was a little deceiving, as the Sooners scored with 19 seconds left and then recovered a fumble on the kickoff and ran that in for a touchdown. But there were some great moments for the Cowboys this season; in November they defeated Texas 38-13 and then added a 49-17 rout of Baylor that put themselves in a position to win the conference title.


College football bettors know that Missouri is a very dangerous team to play, as its spread offense operates like a machine at times. James Franklin, who missed some time with a shoulder injury this season, has really matured as a signal-caller, as he posted excellent numbers, completing almost 66% of his passes with 19 touchdowns. Franklin only threw five interceptions on the season, and he also added 474 rushing yards. The weapons that Franklin has at his side are very intriguing indeed. One of them is running back Henry Josey, who has made an almost miraculous comeback from injury and led the team with 1074 yards on the ground. Franklin also has some very big targets to throw to. All of them are going to hold a substantial height advantage over the OSU defensive backs, and perhaps the best of the group is 6' 6" Dorieal Green-Beckham.


Both of these teams played respectable defense, although they have both proven to be vulnerable. Oklahoma State's performance against Baylor, and even against Oklahoma, could serve notice of an ability to cope with a spread attack, as both of those teams had considerable weaponry and worked at a fast pace. That 59-spot that Missouri gave up against Auburn, as Tre Mason dominated things on the ground, is perhaps a little scary for potential backers of the Tigers in NCAA football betting.


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