The stage is set for the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium tonight at 8 pm est. The Missouri Tigers will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. It will be key to watch the status for Ohio State players potentially opting out as the day goes on but as of now, WR Marvin Harrison Jr has not opted out yet. Let's get into our Ohio State vs Missouri Prediction and CFB Picks 12/29/23.
Missouri Tigers Overview:
The Tigers, ranked ninth, have had a strong season, ending with a 10-2 record. They are coming off a convincing 48-14 win against Arkansas. Missouri boasts a powerful passing offense, ranking 30th nationally with an average of 273.5 passing yards per game. Junior quarterback Brady Cook has been a key player. Cody Schrader rushed for 1,489 yards this season to balance out the offensive attack.
Ohio State Buckeyes Overview:
The Buckeyes, ranked seventh, hold an 11-1 record but are coming off a narrow 30-24 loss to Michigan. Despite some roster changes due to players entering the transfer portal, Ohio State's depth remains a significant advantage. The team has several potential NFL Draft picks who are confirmed to play. However, the absence of quarterback Kyle McCord and receiver Julian Fleming could affect their offensive strategy. Running back TreVeyon Henderson, with at least one rushing touchdown in his last eight games, will be crucial for Ohio State's ground game.
Ohio State fell short against their rival Michigan who is now the #1 seed in the College Football playoff. If Ohio State won that game, they would be the #1 seed.
Despite the loss of some key players and the uncertainty surrounding Marvin Harrison Jr.'s participation, Ohio State is still favored to win. The Buckeyes' defense, which has been formidable this season, holding opponents to just 11 points per game, is expected to be a decisive factor. Missouri's defense, on the other hand, has shown some vulnerabilities, which Ohio State's offense could exploit. Mizz allowed some big numbers to good offenses this year - 30 to Georgia, 31 to Florida, and 49 to LSU.
The game is expected to be closely contested, but Ohio State's depth and defensive prowess give them an edge.
Ohio State (-4.5)
This matchup will undoubtedly be a highlight of the bowl season, showcasing two top-ten ranked teams with contrasting strengths and weaknesses.