Missouri vs. Oklahoma State on January 3rd. The near Big 12 champ going up against the near SEC champ.
The chance to show the world that the conference MU jilted, it never should have left. To demonstrate that 10-2 in the Big 12 trumps 10-2 in the SEC.
That Missouri’s successes this year were based in no small part on luck, being in the right place at the right time against teams like Texas A&M that were down on their luck. That Missouri lost to the only two good teams it played that were healthy.
And that’s what makes January’s Cotton Bowl matchup next month so appealing.
Because if Oklahoma State runs over Missouri like Auburn did scoring 59 points – and five times this year OK State won with scores of between 42 and 59 points – and it’s defense holds, it would tarnish Missouri’s Cinderella season in the SEC.
“Yeah, it could, but I think Missouri will be a slight favorite,” Craig Glazer says. “The teams are pretty even – they’re both pretty good teams – but they’re not great teams. They’re a step behind Alabama and Auburn.”
As for Mizzou getting stuck playing OK State in the Cotton Bowl, “Remember, I said the worst thing that could happen to Missouri was going to the SEC championship game and losing,” Glazer says.
“I think if Oklahoma State ran over Missouri, yes, that would make a statement, but they don’t have to run over them, they just have to beat them,” Glazer says. “But if they ran over them, then they’ve got something to jump up and down about, because this was an off year for the Big 12.”
And if OK State clobbers MU and the Tigers have a mediocre season next year, watch out.
“I think it would make Missouri coach Gary Pinkel look bad and the program look questionable,” Glazer says. “It would take away the momentum of this 11-2 season. But I don’t think OK State will run over Missouri, I predict Missouri will win.”