Cotton Bowl Preview Capsule

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2014 at 11:56 am •  Published: January 2, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — COTTON BOWL

No. 9 Missouri (11-2) vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2), 8 p.m. (FOX)

Line: Oklahoma St. by 1

Series Record: Missouri leads 28-23.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The former Big 12 and Big Eight Conference rivals from bordering states meet in a bowl for the first time. Missouri, wrapping up its second SEC season after leaving the Big 12, will try to match a school record with its 12th victory. Oklahoma State is trying to get 11 wins for the third time in four seasons, after never reaching 11 before that.

KEY MATCHUP

Missouri's big, physical receivers against the Oklahoma State secondary. Mizzou receivers Dorial Green-Beckham (55 catches, 830 yards, 12 TDs) and L'Damian Washington (47-853-10) are both 6-foot-4, an inch shorter than Marcus Lucas (55-646-2). All-Big 12 cornerback Justin Gilbert led the league with six interceptions and is in the Cowboys secondary with safety Daytawion Lowe, a second-team All-Big 12 selection.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Missouri: QB James Franklin finishes a career plagued by injuries the last two seasons. Franklin, who returned to the starting lineup three games ago after being sidelined most of four games with a shoulder sprain, has thrown for 6,788 yards and 51 touchdowns, along with 1,693 yards and 21 more scores on the ground in his 41 career games.



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