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    The Cotton Bowl will see the Missouri Tigers heading into a showdown with the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday, December 29, 2023. Kickoff is at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN.

    The Buckeyes are underdogs, but by less than a field goal (+2.5), versus the Tigers (with an over/under of 49 points).

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    Game Info for Missouri vs. Ohio State

    • Game Day: Friday, December 29, 2023
    • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ESPN
    • Location: Arlington, Texas
    • Stadium: AT&T Stadium
    Missouri vs Ohio State Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Missouri -2.5 -112 -108 49 -110 -110 -140 +118

    Missouri Pick Insights

    • Missouri’s ATS record is 8-3-0 this season.
    • Missouri is 4-2 against the spread when favored by 2.5 points or more this season.
    • Missouri games have gone over the point total on seven of 11 occasions (63.6%).

    Missouri Stats & Insights

    • Offensively, Missouri has been a top-25 unit, ranking 25th-best in the FBS by totaling 442.1 yards per game. The defense ranks 39th (347 yards allowed per game).
    • Missouri is totaling 34.1 points per game on offense (26th in the FBS), and ranks 41st on defense with 22.3 points allowed per game.
    • Missouri is averaging 271.6 passing yards per game on offense this season (30th in the FBS), and is surrendering 222.4 passing yards per game (62nd) on the other side of the ball.
    • From an offensive standpoint, Missouri ranks 53rd in the FBS with 170.5 rushing yards per game. Meanwhile, the defensive unit ranks 34th in rushing yards allowed per contest (124.6).
    • From an offensive standpoint, Missouri ranks 30th in the FBS with a 44.4% third-down percentage. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 65th in third-down percentage allowed (124.6).
    • Missouri has forced 18 total turnovers (48th in the FBS) this season and have turned it over eight times (seventh in the FBS) for a turnover margin of +10, the eighth-best in college football.

    Missouri’s Best Players

    • Brady Cook has 3,166 passing yards for Missouri, completing 66.7% of his passes and tossing 20 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. He’s also chipped in on the ground with 269 rushing yards (22.4 ypg) on 94 carries with eight rushing touchdowns.
    • Cody Schrader has racked up 1,489 yards on 247 carries while finding paydirt 13 times. He’s also caught 22 passes for 191 yards (15.9 per game).
    • Nathaniel Peat has been handed the ball 76 times this year and racked up 317 yards (26.4 per game) with three touchdowns.
    • Luther Burden III’s team-leading 1,190 yards as a receiver have come on 82 receptions (out of 120 targets) with eight touchdowns.
    • Theo Wease has put together a 639-yard season so far with six touchdowns, hauling in 45 passes on 71 targets.
    • Mookie Cooper has been the target of 44 passes and hauled in 34 grabs for 429 yards, an average of 35.8 yards per contest.
    • Darius Robinson paces the team with 7.5 sacks, and also has eight TFL and 28 tackles.
    • Ty’Ron Hopper, Missouri’s leading tackler, has 52 tackles, seven TFL, and three sacks this year.
    • Kris Abrams-Draine has a team-high four interceptions to go along with 39 tackles, one TFL, and four passes defended.

    Ohio State Betting Insights

    • Ohio State has gone 6-4-2 ATS this year.
    • Ohio State is winless against the spread (0-1) when playing as at least 2.5-point underdogs.
    • The teams have hit the over in three of Ohio State’s 12 games with a set total.

    Ohio State Pick Insights

    • Ohio State ranks 37th in the FBS with 425 total yards per contest, but it has been lifted up by its defense, which ranks third-best by surrendering just 260 total yards per contest.
    • Ohio State ranks 33rd in the FBS with 32.8 points per contest, but it has been carried by its defense, which ranks second-best by giving up only 11 points per game.
    • In terms of passing, Ohio State has excelled on both sides of the ball this season, ranking 22nd-best in passing yards per game (282.7) and best in passing yards allowed per game (147.5).
    • Ohio State’s run defense has been leading the charge for the team, as it ranks 22nd-best in the FBS with 112.5 rushing yards conceded per contest. In terms of offense, it is compiling 142.3 rushing yards per game, which ranks 85th.
    • On third down, Ohio State has been productive on both offense and defense this season, ranking 20th-best in third-down conversion percentage (45.8%) and seventh-best in third-down rate surrendered (28.6%).
    • With 11 forced turnovers (121st in the FBS) and 12 turnovers committed (17th in the FBS) this season, Ohio State ranks 74th in the FBS with a turnover margin of -1.

    Ohio State’s Best Players

    • Kyle McCord has racked up 3,170 yards (264.2 ypg) while completing 65.8% of his passes and collecting 24 touchdown passes with six interceptions this season.
    • TreVeyon Henderson has run for 854 yards on 137 carries so far this year while scoring 11 times on the ground. He’s also tacked on 19 catches, totaling 229 yards.
    • DeaMonte Trayanum has collected 373 yards (on 85 attempts) with three touchdowns.
    • Marvin Harrison Jr. has racked up 1,211 receiving yards on 67 receptions to pace his squad so far this season while scoring 14 touchdowns as a receiver.
    • Cade Stover has put up a 576-yard season so far with five touchdowns. He’s caught 41 passes on 52 targets.
    • Emeka Egbuka has racked up 452 reciving yards (37.7 ypg) and four touchdowns this season.
    • J.T. Tuimoloau has collected four sacks to pace the team, while also picking up three TFL and 34 tackles.
    • Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State’s tackle leader, has 76 tackles, one TFL, and one sack this year.
    • Jordan Hancock has picked off a team-leading two passes. He also has 34 tackles, one TFL, one sack, and three passes defended to his name.
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