Big Ten power Ohio State plays rising SEC team Missouri in 88th Cotton Bowl

Ohio State (11-1, Big Ten) vs. Missouri (10-2, SEC), Dec. 29, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

LOCATION: Arlington, Texas.


Ohio State: WR Marvin Harrison, 1,211 yards receiving, 15 touchdowns, 18.1 yards per catch.

Missouri: QB Brady Cook, 3,189 yards passing, 20 touchdowns, six interceptions.


Ohio State: The Buckeyes were undefeated before a 30-24 loss in the regular-season finale Nov. 25 to Michigan, the No. 1 team in the final College Football Playoff rankings. Ohio State is in its 11th consecutive New Year’s Six bowl game, a streak that began with the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day 2014, the season before the four-team playoff began.

Missouri: The Tigers have their first 10-win season since 2014, when they won the Citrus Bowl, a year after they went the Cotton Bowl. This is their first winning season in five years, including bowl losses the last two years for 6-7 marks.


Ohio State 35, Missouri 14 (Sept. 19, 1998).


Ohio State: Third appearance in the Cotton Bowl, program’s 56th bowl game.

Missouri: Fourth appearance in the Cotton Bowl, 36th bowl game in school history.


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