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What's next for Oklahoma State football: Scouting Missouri

A quick look at OSU's bowl opponent, 11-2 Missouri.
by John Helsley Published: December 8, 2013

COTTON BOWL

No. 13 Oklahoma State vs. No. 8 Missouri

When: 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

TV: Fox (Cox 12, HD 712; U-verse 25, HD 1025; Dish 25; DirecTV 25)

Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1

Scouting Missouri

Record: 11-2, 7-1 SEC

Best player: Quarterback James Franklin. A veteran, three-year starter, Franklin triggers the explosive Tigers offense. His career has been plagued by injuries — including a separated shoulder that forced him to miss three games this season — yet has shown toughness and talent through it all. Franklin has thrown for 2,255 yards and 19 touchdowns, with five interceptions; and rushed for 474 yards and four more scores.

The case for Missouri against OSU: The Tigers look like the best offense the Cowboys have faced, with skilled playmakers all around. They have a stable of huge receivers, led by 6-foot-6 Dorial Green-Beckham (the nation's No. 1 recruit in 2012) and 6-4 L'Damian Washington. Tailback Henry Josey has 1,074 yards and 13 TDs, while his backups, Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy, have combined for 1,231 yards and 13 TDs.

The case against Missouri against OSU: Mizzou played a soft nonconference schedule and avoided Alabama and LSU in the SEC. The Tigers lost to the league's two other top teams, Auburn and South Carolina. And Auburn blistered the MU defense, totaling 677 yards — 545 on the ground.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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