SDS will break down all 10 SEC bowl games from a numbers perspective, and here is a look at this year’s Cotton Bowl between Missouri and Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State-Missouri figures to be the biggest toss-up game during bowl season, and had you made me pick confidence points, this would have been the least, even less than Auburn-FSU. These teams are so evenly matched with similar schemes, and even the team statistical numbers are very similar.
Oklahoma State’s defensive numbers are strong, but the stat that jumps off the page is Missouri’s 38 sacks. Ironically, both teams finished first in their conference in turnover margin, and both have been good in redzone offense. However, OSU’s redzone defense jumps off the page. They allowed a Big-12-low 17 TDs from the money zone in 2013.
This sets up to be a fantastic game, and it could be the most entertaining of the non-BCS bowls.
|Scoring Offense||39 PPG||39.8 PPG|
|Rushing Offense||236.46 YPG||172 YPG|
|Passing Offense||256.5 YPG||268.5 YPG|
|Total Offense||492.9 YPG||440.5 YPG|
|Scoring Defense||22.5 PPG||20 PPG|
|Rushing Defense||151.85 YPG||132.92 YPG|
|Passing Defense||256 YPG||245.6 YPG|
|Total Defense||407.8 YPG||378.5 YPG|
|3rd Down Offense||79/176 (44.89%)||67/174 (38.51%)|
|3rd Down Defense||76/203 (37.44%)||66/211 (31.28%)|
|Red Zone Offense||86.67% (42 TDs, 10 FGs)||88.33% (46 TDs, 7 FGs)|
|Red Zone Defense||84.09% (26 TDs, 11 FGs)||68.29% (17 TDs, 11 FGs)|
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