The ninth-ranked Mizzou football team will face sixth-ranked Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl on December 29 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Tigers finished the season 10-2 and will face a Buckeyes team that lost the Big Ten Championship game to Michigan for their only loss on the season. It is the fourth straight year the Tigers are eligible to play in a bowl game. Mizzou is 0-2 in bowl games under head coach Eli Drinkwitz. Their Music City Bowl game against Iowa in 2020 was canceled due to positive testing for Covid-19 which affected roster numbers.

The Tigers ranking of nine is the highest in the College Football Playoff era. Next year, the playoff field will be expanded to 12 teams.

Mizzou is 1-11-1 against Ohio State all-time.  All but one of the previous 13 meetings were played in Columbus, OH. The Tigers only win in the series came back in 1976. The teams have not faced each other since 1998.

Drinkwitz says he expects everyone to play in this game with the lone exception being cornerback Ennis Rakestraw who is injured. Drinkwitz also stated on Sunday that players who have chosen to transfer are welcome to attend the bowl game.  Drinkwitz felt the Buckeyes could have made a compelling case of their own to be in the College Football Playoff, but his Tigers will be heavy underdogs.  He is relishing that moment.

“I’m sure we’ll be a big underdog in the game and I’m sure most people will write us off and it’ll be fun and that’ll be good,” Drinkwitz said.