No. 3) Final Score Prediction: Ohio State football 28, Missouri 23
Friday night's Cotton Bowl will be the last time we see some great Ohio State football players wearing Scarlet and Gray. It's expected to be the last game for players like Tommy Eichenberg, Steele Chambers, Xavier Johnson, and Josh Proctor. It also could be the last time we see TreVeyon Henderson, Denzel Burke, and J.T. Tuimoloau play.
I think the guys that suit up will want to put out a good performance for those that are leaving. Devin Brown has a real shot at becoming Ohio State's starting quarterback in 2024 so a big performance under the lights in "Jerry World'" would be a great lasting impression heading into the winter months.
While Missouri is a very solid opponent, the Buckeyes roster is just way more talented top to bottom. Not to say that the Tigers won't hang with the Buckeyes because I think they will, but in the end, the skill position players for Ohio State will just make too many plays for Missouri to counter.
Expect the Buckeye offense to put up some good numbers in this game on their way to four touchdowns. Defensively, I expect Jim Knowles and the defensive personnel to do exactly what they have done all season long, and that would be holding opponents to field goals and not touchdowns.
Ohio State 28, Missouri 23