The Xtra Point: Tigers Prepare To Play In Cotton Bowl

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, January 02 2014 Jan 2, 2014 Thursday, January 02, 2014 2:41:05 PM CST January 02, 2014 in Mizzou Xtra
By: Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Columnist

(COLUMBIA) - Despite a disappointing loss to Auburn in the SEC Championship, the Missouri Tigers finished 11-2 on the year and will culminate in an appearance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. The Tigers will play the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.

The biggest matchup to watch in this game will pit Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham against Oklahoma St. cornerback Justin Gilbert. Both players are top prospects for the NFL Draft (Gilbert this year, DGB in 2015). The tale of the tape shows Green-Beckham is six inches taller and 25 pounds heavier than Gilbert. Despite all the physical advantages Green-Beckham has over Gilbert, the senior cornerback's speed should help him keep up with DGB throughout the day. While this is the most intriguing matchup to watch due to the high talent levels of both players, this matchup will be one-sided. Green-Beckham will physically dominate Gilbert all day. Gilbert has been burned in two of his last three games by the likes of Texas wide receiver Mike Davis and Baylor wide receiver Mike Goodley. It's going to be hard to see Gilbert completely locking up Green-Beckham if he couldn't do it to those two. 

Missouri quarterback James Franklin still has other solid options to pass to. Those players include L'Damian Washington, Marcus Lucas, Bud Sasser and Jimmie Hunt. Oklahoma St., like other teams that have played Missouri, will have a very hard time covering these big receivers. Look for Franklin to pick apart this Cowboys pass defense. 

A big reason why Franklin will have to air the ball out is because of the Cowboy's run defense. Oklahoma St. has not allowed a single player to rush for 100 yards all season. That being said, Missouri will probably have multiple backs on the field to try to confuse the defense. While Henry Josey has been the primary back for Missouri, look for a lot more Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy than usual in the game. Moderate success in the run game should be expected from the Missouri Tigers. 

The Cowboy's running game has boom-bust potential depending on the week. It looks like their run game will bust against the Tigers. The Missouri Tigers have rode their run defense to the SEC Championship and they'll be hungrier than ever after getting embarrassed by Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and running back Tre Mason. Plus with this being the last game for defensive lineman Michael Sam and possibly Kony Ealy, these guys will look to raise their draft stock.

The Tigers have been burned in pass coverage and it looks like it won't get any easier for them in this game. Oklahoma St. quarterback Clint Chelf is on a roll right now as he has over 750 passing yards, six passing touchdowns and two interceptions in his last three games. Those numbers all top Franklin's numbers since his return to the field. It will be hard for the Tigers to force turnovers against Chelf as he has four receivers with over 400 receiving yards on the year. Translation: The Tigers need to lock up each and every receiver Oklahoma St. head coach Mike Gundy puts on the field.

The grand finale is set in Jerry's world for the Tigers storybook season. And it looks like there will be a happy ending in the story of the 2013 Missouri Tigers. The Missouri Tigers will come out the winners of the Cotton Bowl this year given their superior physicality on both sides of the ball. Look for the team to ride the efforts of their two senior stars, James Franklin and Michael Sam, on their way to hoisting the coveted Cotton Bowl trophy. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA- Nearly 40 million used cars are sold in the United States each year. Many of them look good externally,... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 11:32:37 PM CST November 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A city-owned garbage truck caught fire Friday morning at Columbia's landfill. The Columbia Fire Department said these... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 10:03:00 PM CST November 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Four people went to the the hospital Friday night after a two-car crash on Brown Station Road at... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 9:56:00 PM CST November 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Small Columbia businesses on the south side of town said they were helping each other get business on... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 8:05:00 PM CST November 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Black Friday shoppers continued to fill up malls and outlets despite a late night accidental shooting Thursday outside... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 6:54:00 PM CST November 24, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A protest forced a large suburban St. Louis shopping mall to close for an hour on... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 5:16:00 PM CST November 24, 2017 in News
WILLARD, Mo. (AP) — A Greene County sheriff's deputy responding to an alarm call has been involved in a crash... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 4:05:09 PM CST November 24, 2017 in News
HAMEL, Ill. (AP) — A Missouri college student is the third person to die after a major crash this week... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 3:58:00 PM CST November 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Fire Protection District said it battled more than usual brush fires Friday. "There's nothing... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 3:57:00 PM CST November 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA -Racism, sexism, homophobia and animal abuse have all had a home on Reddit, but the website is taking steps... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 1:25:26 PM CST November 24, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A jail inmate has been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action after authorities... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 12:11:47 PM CST November 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man involved in a deadly shooting in May has been indicted by a federal grand jury... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 11:40:00 AM CST November 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man early Thursday morning for various drugs and weapons charges. CPD says officers smelled... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 11:37:00 AM CST November 24, 2017 in News
KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two tangled bucks that drowned in a Missouri lake last month have been memorialized in... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 11:05:00 AM CST November 24, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three Thanksgiving Day killings in St. Louis have brought this year's homicide total to 188, matching... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 10:58:31 AM CST November 24, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A soldier home for Thanksgiving in St. Louis is OK, but he lost his car and... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 10:44:30 AM CST November 24, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who was arrested after sleeping in a Kansas storage unit with his two... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 10:32:21 AM CST November 24, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are investigating after two officers fatally shot a man and wounded a 14-year-old... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 Friday, November 24, 2017 10:13:19 AM CST November 24, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 44°
6am 43°
7am 42°
8am 42°
9am 46°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00a
This Week in Mizzou Football
5:30a
On the Money
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
5:00a
Paid Program
5:30a
Paid Program
6:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The National Dog Show
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld