Friday, January 01, 2010

Once you get through the New Years Eve games, and the hangover on New Year's Day, there's still plenty of football to keep you company, on what will be a cold Saturday in most of the United States. Lucky for you guys, we have the Cotton Bowl, and plenty of game coverage and predictions.

Cotton Bowl-Mississippi vs. Oklahoma State +3: For years the Cotton Bowl has been one of my favorite games. Sure you have the BCS games, but on that next tier of bowl games the Cotton Bowl is right there at the top. Always a good match up and typically a fun game. The 2010 edition of the Cotton Bowl should be no exception.

Mississippi and Oklahoma State have experienced very similar paths this season. Both entered the year in the top 10 in the country, both had stud quarterbacks and both wanted to play in a BCS game. However, thanks to early season losses, injuries and dismissals, both teams watched their season fall apart right before their eyes.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys had a chance to reach a BCS game up till the final week of the season, but they were blown out by the the Oklahoma Sooners. One factor in that game was the injury quarterback Zac Robinson struggled with. Robinson had an ankle injury that kept him in and out of the season finalie against the Sooners. However, that injury is said to have healed and Robinson is back on the practice field. Assisting Robinson in the backfield will be running back Keith Toston who is racking up 98 yards a game on the ground.

Mississippi has without a doubt experienced their ups and downs throughout the season. Houston Nutt turned the program against just a year ago, and now he is ready to pick up his second consecutive Cotton Bowl victory. Jevan Snead is one of the best quarterbacks in college football, and despite some poor outtings this year he should remain at the top of most draft boards. If the Rebels want to take control of this game they will need to get solid production out of RB Dextor McCluster, who can set an SEC record becoming the first RB to rush for 1,000 yards and have 500 yards receiving in a single season.

The spread on this game is sitting at 3 points and favors the Rebels. One has to think the spread was affected by the blowout Oklahoma State suffered a few weeks ago. Oklahoma State has been an up and down team all year, and they have burnt me multiple times this year and methinks it's time to learn from my past. Winner:Mississippi wins the game and covers the spread.


Maroussia said...

It will be great to watch Mississippi Rebels,i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.

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