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How to Watch the Cotton Bowl, Missouri vs Ohio State football: info, where to watch, predictions

Mizzou versus the Buckeyes in a Cotton Bowl matchup in Arlington, Texas at Jerryworld.

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Any year you go to a bowl should be looked at as a positive. Especially in the SEC. It means you beat at least a couple SEC teams, even if one of those wins is over Vanderbilt. But there’s a difference between going to Shreveport or Memphis and going to the Cotton Bowl. Going to the Cotton Bowl means you’re going to play somebody good.

In 2008 (the 2007 season), Missouri played an overmatched Arkansas team, but they were also in an SEC where five teams finished in the top 15, so finishing 8-4 with losses to Alabama, Tennessee, and Auburn and a win over top ranked LSU is pretty danged good. Then in the 2013 season the Tigers drew a top 15 ranked Oklahoma State team who had whipped Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech (all ranked in the top 25) and spent the entire season ranked in the top 25.

But neither of those two teams hold the weight of Ohio State. The Buckeyes have finished ranked in the final AP poll in 20 of the last 21 seasons. That ranking has been inside the top 10 in 18 of those 20 seasons. They also have two National Championships in that time, in 2002 and 2014. Since Urban Meyer took over the program in 2012 the Buckeyes have lost a combined 16 games. That’s 12 years, 16 losses.

No disrespect to Arkansas and Oklahoma State, but they aren’t Ohio State. The program in Columbus compares favorably to virtually every program in the country, including some of the best in the SEC. All time, Mizzou has not faced OSU since the 1998 season when Larry Smith lost back to back games in 97 and 98 in a home and home series. Prior there was a game in 1976, which represents the Tigers lone win in the 12 games when they won 22-21 in Columbus. That’s right, Al Onofrio schooling Woody Hayes!

The other games were from 1939 to 1949 where Mizzou was taking OSU money to play games in Columbus so they could build out their own stadium.

So with a 10-1-1 record against the Tigers, and a historically powerful program facing the Tigers in the Cotton Bowl... why is this game a virtual tossup? Missouri went from a 6.5 point underdog to a 2.5 point favorite, before the line settled around 0.5 points to the Buckeyes currently. Are Tigers fans driving the line away from Ohio State? Are bettors that worried about opt outs? I don’t know. I don’t think a loss spoils the season for the Tigers, but I do think this is a Mizzou team who really really wants to be in this game and they’re playing an Ohio State team full of guys who feel like they should be in the College Football playoff instead. I don’t know, maybe that’s ridiculous. Maybe it’s not.

Missouri-Ohio State football: Time, Location

TIME: 7:00 p.m. CT

DATE: Friday, December 29, 2023

LOCATION: AT&T Stadium; Arlington, TX

Missouri-Ohio State football: Follow the game, TV Channel

TELEVISION: ESPN

STREAM: WatchESPN

TWITTER: @MizzouFootball

FACEBOOK: MizzouFootballShowMe

ESPN+: ROCKMNATION

Missouri-Ohio Statefootball: Betting odds, predictions

As of last night, Missouri is a 2.5-point favorite over Ohio State, according to DraftKing’s Sportsbook. The total points (over/under) is 48.5.

College Football Bowl Season: Games to Watch

Date Time (CT) Bowl Visitor Odds Home Odds O/U TV
Date Time (CT) Bowl Visitor Odds Home Odds O/U TV
Dec 16 10:00 AM Myrtle Beach Bowl Georgia Southern -3.5 Ohio 48.5 ESPN
Dec 16 1:15 PM R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Jacksonville State -3 Louisiana 57.5 ESPN
Dec 16 2:30 PM Avocados From Mexico Cure Bowl Miami (OH) Appalachian State -5.5 45.5 ABC
Dec 16 4:45 PM Isleta New Mexico Bowl New Mexico State -3.5 Fresno State 51.5 ESPN
Dec 16 6:30 PM Starco Brands LA Bowl UCLA -2.5 Boise State 49.5 ABC
Dec 16 8:15 PM Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl California Texas Tech -3 58.5 ESPN
Dec 18 1:30 PM Famous Toastery Bowl Western Kentucky Old Dominion -2.5 55.5 ESPN
Dec 19 8:00 PM Scooters Coffee Frisco Bowl UTSA -9.5 Marshall 54.5 ESPN
Dec 21 7:00 PM RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl South Florida Syracuse -3 60.5 ESPN
Dec 22 5:30 PM Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl Georgia Tech UCF -4.5 64.5 ESPN
Dec 23 11:00 AM 76 Birmingham Bowl Troy -7.5 Duke 43.5 ABC
Dec 23 11:00 AM Camella Bowl Arkansas State -1 Northern Illinois 53.5 ESPN
Dec 23 2:30 PM Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl James Madison -3 Air Force 41.5 ABC
Dec 23 2:30 PM Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Georgia State Utah State -1 62.5 ESPN
Dec 23 6:00 PM 68 Ventures Bowl South Alabama -16 Eastern Michigan 47.5 ESPN
Dec 23 6:30 PM SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl Utah -6.5 Northwestern 41.5 ABC
Dec 23 9:30 PM EasPost Hawai'i Bowl Coastal Carolina San Jose State -10 53.5 ESPN
Dec 26 1:00 PM Quick Lane Bowl Bowling Green Minnesota -3.5 38.5 ESPN
Dec 26 4:30 PM SERVPRO First Resonder Bowl Texas State -4 Rice 60.5 ESPN
Dec 26 8:00 PM Guaranteed Rate Bowl Kansas -12.5 UNLV 64.5 ESPN
Dec 27 1:00 PM Military Bowl Presented by GoBowling.com Virginia Tech -7.5 Tulane 46.5 ESPN
Dec 27 4:30 PM Duke's Mayo Bowl North Carolina West Virginia -3 56.5 ESPN
Dec 27 7:00 PM DirecTV Holiday Bowl Louisville (15) -7.5 USC 57.5 FOX
Dec 27 8:00 PM TaxAct Texas Bowl Texas A&M -3 Oklahoma State (20) 53.5 ESPN
Dec 28 10:00 AM Wasabi Fendway Bowl SMU (24) -10.5 Boston College 50.5 ESPN
Dec 28 1:15 PM Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl Rutgers Miami (FL) -2 41.5 ESPN
Dec 28 4:45 PM Pop-Tarts Bowl NC State (18) Kansas State (25) -3.5 47.5 ESPN
Dec 28 8:15 PM Valero Alamo Bowl Arizona (14) -3 Oklahoma (12) 62.5 ESPN
Dec 29 11:00 AM TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Clemson (22) -4.5 Kentucky 46.5 ESPN
Dec 29 1:00 PM Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Oregon State (19) Notre Dame (16) -8 43.5 CBS
Dec 29 2:30 PM AutoZone Liberty Bowl Memphis Iowa State -8.5 57.5 ESPN
Dec 29 7:00 PM Goodyear Cotton Bowl Missouri (9) -2.5 Ohio State (7) 48.5 ESPN
Dec 30 11:00 AM Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Ole Miss (11) Penn State (10) -3.5 49.5 ESPN
Dec 30 1:00 PM TransPerfect Music City Bowl Auburn -2.5 Maryland 49.5 ABC
Dec 30 3:00 PM Capital One Orange Bowl Georgia (5) -14 Florida State (5) 44.5 ESPN
Dec 30 3:30 PM Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl Toledo Wyoming -2.5 44.5 CW Network
Jan 1 11:00 AM ReliaQuest bowl Wisconsin LSU (13) -11 55.5 ESPN2
Jan 1 12:00 PM Vrbo Fiesta Bowl L*berty (23) Oregon (8) -18.5 65.5 ESPN
Jan 1 12:00 PM Cheez-It Citrus Bowl Iowa (17) Tennessee (21) -8.5 36.5 ABC
Jan 1 4:00 PM Rose Bowl presented by Prudential Alabama (4) Michigan (1) -1.5 45.5 ESPN
Jan 1 7:45 PM All State Sugar Bowl Texas (3) -4 Washington (2) 63.5 ESPN
Jan 8 6:30 PM CFP National Championship TBD TBD ESPN

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