December 30, 2013

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State at Missouri Preview and Pick

College football fans will rejoice as the Cotton Bowl kicks off on January 3rd. If you are a fan of college football and you like to see points scored than do not miss out on this year’s edition of the Cotton Bowl.  It will feature two teams ranked in the college football top 25 in the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Missouri Tigers. These two teams are known for just one thing, putting up points and winning in explosive fashion.

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State at Missouri Preview

The college football bowl odds for this game opened up with the Tigers listed as slim (-1.5) point favorites. The college football betting public was not shy about jumping on Missouri as over 64 percent of the wagers coming in are on the Tigers. Despite this influx of betting cash, the line has actually dropped as it can now be found at Missouri (-1) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.

This bowl game has belonged to the SEC in recent years. The Southeastern Conference has been beating up on the Big 12 in the Cotton Bowl as of late, winning nine of the last 10 Cotton Bowl matchups outright and going 8-1-1 against the spread. However, Missouri is new to the conference.

The Cowboys should not be overlooked. Oklahoma State came within one late Oklahoma touchdown of winning the Big 12 championship for the second time in the last three seasons. The Cowboys lost an early-season game at West Virginia and didn’t lose again until Bedlam in the final week. Along the way they beat five teams who made bowls and handed eventual Big 12 champion Baylor its only defeat of the season. The latest college football betting trends show how deadly they can be. The Cowboys are 12-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 14 games following a loss against the spread, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 6-1 ATS in the last seven games overall.

The Tigers started undefeated in their first seven games, reaching No. 5 in the BCS standings, before suffering their first loss of the season, coughing up a 17-0 lead and losing on a missed field goal in overtime to South Carolina. Mizzou then won four in a row to clinch a spot in the SEC Championship Game, where it lost to Auburn. Now they have to avoid the hangover in this game.

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State at Missouri Pick

The wrong team is favored in this game as the Tigers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games. The Cowboys win the Cotton Bowl in a very good game.

Cowboys +1

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.