Posted by Tom Fornelli
MISSOURI WILL WIN IF: Missouri needs to find consistency on offense. The good news is that against Iowa State, James Franklin had his best game of the season as he completed 71% of his passes and accounted for 373 total yards and 5 touchdowns. The problem is he also threw 2 interceptions, and against an offense as potent as Oklahoma State, you cannot afford to turn the ball over. Against this Oklahoma State defense, Franklin and running back Henry Josey should find plenty of room to work. However, the Missouri defense, which has been pretty good so far this season, faces its toughest test of the year and must find a way to create turnovers of its own and slow down one of the most potent offenses in the country. I just don't think Missouri can go touchdown for touchdown against this Oklahoma State team and expect to win.
OKLAHOMA STATE WILL WIN IF: Only the Oklahoma defense has given up less yards per game than the Missouri defense in the Big 12, so this will be the toughest test that Brandon Weeden and company have faced this year. Still, there's plenty of reason to believe Weeden will be successful on Saturday. The Missouri secondary has picked off 6 passes compared to the 7 touchdowns it has surrendered through the air, but it has only tallied 14 sacks on the season. Which means Weeden will get time to throw the ball, and when you give Brandon Weeden time, with this offense and his weapons, he can pick you apart. So if the Cowboys offensive line can keep Weeden on his feet, then Oklahoma State should emerge victorious.
X-FACTOR: Brad Madison and Jacquies Smith. These are Missouri's two defensive ends, and so far this season the duo has combined for 5 1/2 sacks. As I said above, both of these players will have to add to those totals against Oklahoma State in order for Missouri to win. If they can get consistent pressure on Brandon Weeden and force him into some throws he doesn't want to make, it could lead to key turnovers that will give Missouri a chance to win.