Bowl Breakdown: Cotton
While many Georgia, Oklahoma and Hawaii fans believe their teams should be playing in the national title game, no school feels more slighted by the BCS than Missouri. In the final week of the regular season, Missouri beat Kansas to take the Big 12 North title and earn a spot in the conference title game. But after the Tigers (ranked No. 1 at the time) suffered their second loss of the season to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game, they didn't just fall out of the national title game, they fell out of the BCS altogether. The Fiesta Bowl chose one-loss Kansas over Mizzou.
Offensively, there are few teams that boast as much firepower as the Tigers. It all starts with Heisman finalist
Missouri's defense is a middle-of-the-pack group. The Tigers D had its moments during the season (holding high-powered Texas Tech to just 10 points), but the unit is far from impenetrable. With Arkansas on the horizon, Missouri faithful can take comfort in the fact that the defense is serviceable against the run. Junior
Following a tumultuous offseason, the Razorbacks couldn't repeat as SEC West champions. And although it was easy to see that
It's no secret that the Razorbacks like to keep the ball on the ground, and who wouldn't with the talent Arkansas possesses in its backfield. Junior
Defensively, Arkansas has proven effective against the pass -- the Razorbacks rank fifth nationally in pass efficiency defense. Daniel would be wise to stay away from versatile corner
In this battle between Heisman finalists, expect both Daniel and McFadden to perform at a high level. But in the end, Daniel's surrounding cast is superior and the Tigers will prevail in their first New Year's Day bowl since the 1970 Orange Bowl.