Missouri vs Ohio State (5:00pm)
Ohio State will be without their starting quarterback, with Devin Brown set to take the reins for the Buckeyes. Despite the transition, Brown, a 5-star recruit from high school, is still expected to play at a high level. The team will face some challenges with a couple other players in the transfer portal, but they are counting on a robust defensive strategy. Ohio State boasts the nation's top passing defense, allowing a mere 147.5 passing yards per game. Additionally, they rank third in total yards allowed per game (260.0 ypg) and second in points surrendered, giving up an average of only 11 points. Impressively, opponents have converted only 26.8% on third down against the Buckeyes this season.
Missouri enters the bowl game without significant opt-outs, presenting a motivated team ready to compete. The Tigers rely on their rushing attack, ranking 53rd nationally with 169.2 rushing yards per game. However, they face their toughest defensive challenge of the season against Ohio State. It's hard to see them having much success against a better team from a tougher conference.
Anticipating a low-scoring matchup, the Tigers confront one of the nation's best defensive units, limiting their scoring opportunities. Ohio State's new-look offense may take some time to find its rhythm in the game. With all these factors, I believe the game will fall within the 45-18 point range. The Under has been successful in 9 out of the Buckeyes' last 13 games, yielding a +4.65 unit with a 33% ROI. Take the Under!
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Pick: Under 51.5 (-110)
Pick: Ohio State -3 (-140)
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