The Bowl Series: Cotton Bowl

Matt Cassista

Matt Cassista

Queue up the cute kids for those AT&T commercials; we’re down in Texas for this year’s AT&T Cotton Bowl. We have (8)Missouri Tigers v (13)Oklahoma State Cowboys and this may be the most exciting game to me outside of the obvious BCS Championship game. First off, I’d like to say hats off to the BCS for picking Jerry Jones’ stadium since they knew it probably wouldn’t find use at this time of the year.

            Let’s get right to the game though. Both the Cowboys and the Tigers have a great ability to put up points in bunches; these teams have perfected the offensive mindset on the college level. Get your popcorn or nachos ready for this one; this is going to be a shootout.

            Despite a shorten season for Quarterback James Franklin of Mizzou, Franklin has almost carried the team on his back throwing 19 TDs and tossing for 2200 yards. He really has been the difference maker for the surprise SEC team. I give Missouri a lot of credit for coming in to the SEC and making their presence heard right away. They beat Auburn in the final week and it would have been them playing for the National Championship. Unfortunately those other Tigers make it to the big stage.

            Here’s the kicker….Cowboys QB Clint Chelf has become one of the most explosive offensive weapons in college football. 21 TDs on the year, 5 of which on the ground…and he did it in a half a season. OKST failed to notice his talent early on in the year, it’s a shame…They too came one game shy of possibly playing for a national championship. Don’t be surprised of the dual threat QB gets pushed to the limit in this one. OKST knows the more the rock is in his hands the better there odds are in winning this one.

            My favorite player in the game and I believe will be the reason Mizzou inevitably wins this one is wide receiving juggernaut Dorial Green-Beckham. Standing at a monstrous 6’6” and weighing in at 225lbs this goliath has what OKST def coordinator Glenn Spencer saying Green-Beckham is the closest thing to Calvin Johnson. That speaks volumes when Calvin is seen as the best wideout on the pro level. Green-Beckham will no doubt power the smaller OKST backs and test them down the field.  With 55 catches on the season, 12 of which found pay dirt, expect the future NFL star to find one, possibly even two TDs in this one.

            As quickly stated, Missouri on top in this years spectacular At&t Cotton Bowl.