Oklahoma State (6-6) is the underdog against Missouri (8-4) at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Monday (December 31, 2018, 15:45ET).
The spread’s at a pretty stout -8.0 points for Missouri. They’ve gone 7-2 straight up as favorites this year, and 5-4-0 against the spread. The Cowboys are 3-1 straight up as underdogs, and 4-0-0 against the spread.
As a side note, both of these teams used to be called the Tigers, which is why Oklahoma State wears orange.
Rootin’ tootin’ shootin’ Mike Gundy had to make do without Mason Rudolph this year, and the Okies made out fine.
Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius completed 59.3% of his passes this season for 3,637 yards and 28 touchdowns. Cornelius is an efficient quarterback, with a passer rating of 144.8 this season. Justice Hill gained 998 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 9 touchdowns, averaging a respectable 5.9 yards per carry.
As a squad, the team gained 499.2 yards per game and scored 38.4 points per game. The Cowboys thus feature one of the best offenses in the country. The defense allowed 437.1 yards and 32.4 points per game, while Jordan Brailford led the way with 10 sacks this season.
The Tigers offense features quarterback Drew Lock, who threw for 3,125 yards and 25 TD’s this season. Lock completed 63.2% of his passes, which works out to a passer rating of 145.6. Larry Rountree III ran for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging a strong 5.1 yards per carry.
Altogether, Missouri averaged 468.8 yards per game and 36.9 points. The defense allowed 379.0 yards and 24.4 points per game. Terez Hall recorded 5 sacks this season.
Liberty Bowl Betting Advice
Both teams have been excellent on offense this season and bettors might expect a shootout. The two teams have a combined over/under record of 16-8, which should be tempting. The over/under on this game is set at 74.0, although it’s something of a rule that we should take the points (+8.0 for Oklahoma State, in this case) in a shootout.