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2018 Liberty Bowl: Lock takes the field one last time as Missouri faces Oklahoma State

An all-time great SEC career comes to a close Monday in Memphis.

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The #23 Missouri Tigers (8-4) look to cap off a solid season as they head to Memphis to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-6) in the Liberty Bowl.


How to watch or stream

Time: 2:45 p.m. CT

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN


Betting Info

Line: Mizzou -9

O/U: 73

[via OddsShark]


Head to Head History

Mizzou and Oklahoma State are old friends, as they both played in the Big Eight and Big 12 for many years. The Tigers have a 29-23 all-time lead over Oklahoma State, with their last victory coming in the 2014 Cotton Bowl.


Preview

Well, we’ve come to the end of the road for the Drew Lock Era, and what a ride it has been. Lock comes into the game needing 312 passing yards to pass Tim Couch for most in SEC history, and needs four touchdowns to join Danny Wuerffel and Aaron Murray on the list of SEC quarterbacks with 100+ career touchdowns. Both of those numbers seem attainable for Lock as the Cowboys have allowed 258.3 passing yards per game this season, 24th-worst in the nation.

There are plenty of other storylines in this game, such as Barry Odom’s return to Memphis Odom coached Memphis’ defense from 2012-14 and his success there played a large part of him getting hired to the same position at Mizzou.

Oklahoma State isn’t to be taken lightly, though. While they’re 6-6, four of their losses are by a touchdown or less, plus they were a failed two-point conversion away from beating Oklahoma and turning the College Football Playoff on its head. The Cowboys have some guys that compete, starting with sophomore receiver Tylan Wallace. Wallace had over 1400 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

The offenses will likely be on full display in this one, but I think Lock and the Tigers will ultimately prevail and the senior will have one last moment before heading to the NFL next season.