Battle in the Big D: Ohio State Takes on Missouri in the Cotton Bowl Classic

Battle in the Big D: Ohio State Takes on Missouri in the Cotton Bowl Classic

Get ready for an electrifying showdown in the Cotton Bowl Classic! Buckle up, fellow fans, because our Buckeyes are about to light up the field with pure Ohio State spirit!


The historical game favors Ohio State, who have been victorious in 10 of the 12 all-time matchups against the Tigers. This Cotton Bowl clash is significant, representing the first meeting of the two programs since 1998.

Missouri, on the other hand, enters the game with an impressive season that included a home win against LSU and a road battle at Georgia. The Tigers are reveling in their first 10-win season since 2014, coincidentally the same year they secured their last bowl game victory. Head coach Eli Drinkwitz is understandably thrilled about the New Year's Six selection, calling the matchup against Ohio State a "tremendous honor."

The Tigers faced adversity during the season with a home loss to LSU and a road defeat against Georgia. However, they rebounded impressively, securing their first 10-win season since 2014 and eyeing their first bowl game victory since the same year. A pivotal force in Missouri's success, running back Cody Schrader claimed the SEC rushing crown for 2023 with an outstanding 1,489 yards on the ground.

Quarterback Brady Cook orchestrated the aerial attack, amassing 3,189 passing yards, while wide receiver Luther Burden III contributed significantly with 1,197 receiving yards—both ranking as the third highest in their respective SEC categories.

As the Buckeyes and Tigers prepare for a New Year clash under the Texas night sky, football fans can expect a spectacle of skill, determination, and the relentless pursuit of victory.

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