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Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl Open Thread

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Two of the oldest bowl games are played tonight when the Cotton and Orange Bowls take center stage. Buckeyes and Tigers and 'Pokes, oh my!

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We've reached day three of 2014 and guess what: we're not done with bowl games!

Tonight, we have two of the oldest bowl games for our viewing enjoyment. The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl may not be played on New Year's Day like they used to be -- and are not played in the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl stadiums anymore -- but they are still rich in tradition and history. Here is the schedule for tonight's games:

Friday, January 3rd (Pacific Time)
AT&T Cotton Bowl: (13) Missouri vs. (8) Oklahoma State 5:00 p.m. FOX (HD) / FOXsportsGo
Discover Orange Bowl: (12) Clemson vs. (7) Ohio State 5:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN

In the Cotton Bowl, Missouri (11-2) takes on Oklahoma State (10-2) in a game featuring former Big 12 conference foes. Missouri is now a member of the SEC and is coming off a wild 59-42 loss to Auburn in the SEC championship game last month. This is a game that may contain plenty of offensive fireworks. Both teams average around 39 points per game and Missouri ranks 17th in the nation with an average of 492 yards of total offense per game (236.5 ypg rushing). And if Missouri's defensive performance in the SEC championship game was any indication, look for Oklahoma State's offense (no slouch itself, averaging 440 ypg), to put up some big numbers. Missouri may have burned the game films of the SEC championship game after yielding an obscene 545 yards rushing to Auburn (304 yards to Auburn RB Tre Mason alone).

In the Orange Bowl, the Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1) from the Big Ten match up against the Clemson Tigers (10-2) from the ACC. Ohio State is coming off a loss in the Big Ten championship game (to eventual Rose Bowl champion Michigan State) that cost the Buckeyes a berth in the BCS national championship game. Until that loss, the Buckeyes had won 24 straight games under coach Urban Meyer. Ohio State will face a Clemson team whose only two losses of the season were to top-10 opponents (Florida State and South Carolina).

This game features two dynamic quarterbacks in Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Clemson's Tajh Boyd, both of whom lead offenses that average more than 500 yards of total offense per game. Like the Cotton Bowl, the Orange Bowl could be a scoreboard lighter: the Buckeyes average 46.3 points per game (3rd nationally) while the Tigers average 40.6 (9th nationally).

As we know, one of Cal's 11 losses during the 2013 season came to Ohio State. And I will look for any excuse to post this video of one of the best and most comical moments of our otherwise painful season.


This is your open thread for the night's bowl action. Share your thoughts in the comments and enjoy the games.