Ohio State vs. Missouri Cotton Bowl line, prediction, odds: OSU reinserted as favorite

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When nan Cotton Bowl matchup betwixt Ohio State and Missouri was set, nan Buckeyes were made touchdown-favorites quickly. However, transfers and opt outs person swung that statement each nan measurement to make Missouri a mini favourite for overmuch of nan lead up to nan game. Ohio State has since go nan favourite again.

The Buckeyes will beryllium without backmost Kyle McCord, who is transferring to Syracuse. McCord received immoderate disapproval this year, but went 11-1 arsenic a first-year starter while passing for 3,170 yards, 24 touchdowns and threw six interceptions. Sophomore Devin Brown is expected to get nan commencement successful McCord’s place. Brown entered nan play successful a backmost title pinch McCord, but hasn’t attempted a walk successful game-action since Oct. 14.

Brown will beryllium moving without immoderate of OSU’s champion weapons. No. 2 moving backmost Chip Trayanum (373 rushing yards, 3 TDs) is transferring to Kentucky and No. 3 wide receiver Julian Fleming (270 receiving yards) is besides successful nan transportation portal. Of course, nan big, but unsurprising news is that Heisman Trophy finalist Marvin Harrison Jr. won’t play. It wasn’t charismatic until gameday, but Harrison is expected to beryllium 1 of nan apical picks successful nan NFL Draft. Running backmost TreVeyon Henderson has said he will play.

Ohio State still has plentifulness of talent. Being without a fewer pieces doesn’t mean nan Buckeyes will beryllium trotting retired a anemic squad astatine AT&T Stadium, but OSU being successful this crippled is simply a disappointment. Meanwhile, getting present is simply a immense accomplishment for Missouri. Missouri is successful its first New Year’s Six vessel and nan biggest vessel crippled for nan programme since past playing successful nan Cotton Bowl successful nan 2013 season. Ohio State has made a New Year’s Six bowl, including College Football Playoff games, each of nan 10 years since nan move to nan four-team playoff.

Mizzou moving backmost Cody Schrader vanished apical 10 successful Heisman voting aft rushing for 1,489 yards successful nan regular season, fourth-most successful nan country. Wide receiver Luther Burden III racked up 1,197 yards, conscionable 14 less than Harrison Jr. Mizzou’s discourtesy has put up numbers, but truthful has Ohio State’s defense. The Buckeyes person allowed conscionable 11 points per game, nan second-lowest full successful nan nation.

The Tigers are expected to beryllium without 2 cardinal defenders owed to injuries. Second-team All-SEC linebacker Ty’Ron Hopper and No. 2 cornerback Ennis Rakestraw are not expected to play.

Missouri is 2-0 successful nan Cotton Bowl, winning successful nan 2007 and 2013 seasons. Mizzou has mislaid its past 4 vessel games, and past won a vessel successful nan 2014 season. Ohio State is 2-12 all-time successful vessel games against nan SEC.

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