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The Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, features the first New Year’s Six matchup of the postseason, with No. 7 Ohio State against No. 9 Missouri. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 10-1-1, with the most recent encounter taking place in 1998. This time, they’ll be up against a Missouri squad that is coming off its best regular season since 2014. The Tigers should be fired up for their first participation in a New Year’s Six contest.

Though the Buckeyes were denied a position in the College Football Playoff due to their regular-season finale defeat to rival Michigan, their performance in the Cotton Bowl remains a remarkable achievement. Ohio State is the only program to have competed in a New Year’s Six bowl game in each of the first ten seasons of the four-team College Football Playoff.

However, Ohio State’s offense will be significantly altered as starting quarterback Kyle McCord went to Syracuse at the end of the regular season. Marvin Harrison Jr., a Heisman Trophy finalist, will not be accessible because the junior is weighing NFL possibilities. Chip Trayanum, the Buckeyes’ second-leading rusher, has also entered the portal and will play for Kentucky.

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Young receivers get a chance to shine: Harrison had a breakout performance in the Rose Bowl two years ago, catching three touchdown passes after a quiet freshman season. It predicted the major things to come for Harrison. Another young receiver might now utilize the bowl platform to make a name for himself for the Buckeyes heading into the 2024 season. Carnell Tate is the leading prospect, having caught 17 receptions for 260 yards and one score during the regular season. The former five-star prospect was ranked third in the 2023 recruiting class and has shown promise when given opportunities this season. With No. 3 wide receiver Julian Fleming in the transfer portal and Harrison out, Tate might utilize the Cotton Bowl to make his national debut.

Missouri’s offense regained its stride this season thanks to the outstanding trio of quarterback Brady Cook, running back Cody Schrader, and receiver Luther Burden. Cook’s passer efficiency of 158.08 entered the game ranked third all-time in program history as the junior developed into one of the SEC’s premier quarterbacks. Schrader was named a CBS Sports first-team All-American after running for 1,499 yards and 13 touchdowns during the regular season. Finally, Burden had a great sophomore season with 1,197 yards receiving and eight touchdowns, garnering CBS Sports second-team All-American accolades. All three are slated to face the Buckeyes.

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Brown is making his first career start after McCord left for Syracuse. Brown has seen limited action in his two seasons with the Buckeyes, and he will not be eased into things. Missouri is a formidable SEC opponent with only two defeats to LSU and Georgia. Mizzou will be driven to do well in its first-ever New Year’s Six appearance, but Ohio State may struggle to match that intensity after missing out on the College Football Playoff. ess, Ohio State comes in with a lot of talent, even if part of it is untested.

Follow along with LIVE UPDATES on Friday as Ohio State takes on Missouri in the 2023 Cotton Bowl.

How to Stream the Cotton Bowl Live
Friday, December 29 | 8:00 p.m. ET
AT&T Stadium is located in Arlington, Texas.
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What you need to know about Ohio State vs. Missouri.
Beginning in the past: Devin Brown will be the first quarterback in program history to make his bowl debut. According to 247Sports, the sophomore is a four-star recruit and the No. 5 quarterback in the Class of 2022. This season, he participated in five games as a backup to McCord. His most significant performance came in a Week 2 thrashing of Youngstown State, when he completed 7 of 13 passes and ran six times. In some ways, this game might be viewed as an audition for Brown as Ohio State coach Ryan Day assesses the quarterback position’s future moving into the summer.

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