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We are five days from Christmas, which means that we are just nine days from the Cotton Bowl when the Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the Missouri Tigers. At this point, we still don’t know the full slate of players that will be suiting up for the Scarlet and Gray, so it is a bit difficult to fully access what to make of the team at this point.
Will TreVeyon Henderson be in the backfield, or will Dallan Hayden be the only scholarship back on the team? Will Marvin Harrison Jr. or J.T. Tuimoloau suit up again? The answers to those questions will obviously make a major difference in the eventual outcome of the game, but for not, we can only guess and assume which way those players are leaning.
So, in our weekly fan survey, we wanted to check in with Ohio State fans and see what they think about the bowl game. Take a look below and make sure to register your vote in the survey. Then, if you have additional thoughts, hit up the comments at the bottom of the page!
Question 1: Who will be the Buckeyes’ offensive star in the Cotton Bowl?
Win or lose, I’m assuming that there will be an offensive star for the Buckeyes, so I figured we would play a little bit of a guessing game here. When Ryan Day meets with the media later on Wednesday to talk about the early signing period additions to the roster, he might also provide some more insight into the status of players with decisions to make, but he might also defer to those guys to make their own announcements. The team is currently celebrating the holidays early with their families and are expected to return on Saturday, so worst case scenario, we should have answers by this weekend.
So, I included a lot of the big-name weapons, so part of the fun of this one is trying to figure out who will and won’t be back. At this point, I have absolutely no idea what to think (though I assume if we haven’t heard, they aren’t playing), so........ have fun!
Question 2: What will be the result of the Cotton Bowl?
The line for this game has been a bit all over the place. It started with Ohio State as a touchdown favorite, before the Buckeyes became a field goal underdog as more than a dozen players entered the transfer portal. Currently, Mizzou is a one-point favorite thanks to a number of players already declaring their intentions to play in the game.
SP+ has Ohio State as a 2.5-point favorite. The College Football Nerds’ model projects the Buckeyes to win by 7. The NCAA Game Simulator has OSU winning by 8. Obviously all of those numbers would likely be impacted by who plays in the game, but take them for what they’re worth.