Coach: Barry Odom
Missouri Players to watch:
*Junior OG Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms (6-5/340)
Wallace-Simms, a junior from East St. Louis, had a dominating second season as Mizzou’s starting right guard, powering an offensive line that produced 197.3 rushing yards per game and allowed an SEC-low 13 sacks.
Senior QB Drew Lock (6-4/225)
Lock was the AP’s first team-SEC selection last year when he set a league record with 44 touchdown passes and led the league with 3,964 passing yards. His numbers fell slightly this year — 3,125 yards and 25 touchdowns — but he improved his accuracy to 63.2 percent and guided the Tigers to one more regular-season victory.
Senior DT Terry Beckner (6-4/305)
Beckner led Mizzou in the regular season with 9.5 tackles for loss and added a pair of quarterback sacks to go with five quarterback pressures and 31 total tackles for a Tiger defense which improved throughout the year.
**Sophomore TE Albert Okwuegbunam (6-5/260)
Okwuegbunam was one of the three finalists for the John Mackey Award.
He has 43 catches on the year, second-most on the team, despite missing the last two games with an injured shoulder. He has 466 yards and six scores and now has 17 career touchdown grabs, seventh-most in Mizzou history.
Coach: Mike Gundy
Oklahoma State Players to watch:
**Sophomore WR Tylan Wallace (6-0/185)
Wallace’s 17.82 yards per reception led the FBS among players with a minimum of 60 catches, while his 1,408 total receiving yards ranked third nationally and his 61 first-down receptions led all Power Five conference players and ranked second nationally.
*Junior RB Justice Hill (5-10/185)
Hill missed part of the regular season with an injury, but still put up 93.0 yards per game on the season to rank among the conference leaders. After playing just under three seasons, Hill ranks fourth in OSU history at 98.63 career rushing yards per game and fourth in school history with 19 career 100-yard rushing games.
*Junior DE Jordan Brailford (6-3/250)
Brailford heads into bowl season ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 with 0.75 sacks per game and third in the conference with 1.3 tackles for loss per game. His 9.0 sacks this season rank as the ninth-most in a season in school history.
*Junior CB A.J. Green (6-1/180)
Green has 47 tackles (37 solo), 10 pbu’s and 1 int. Oklahoma State finished the regular season with just five interceptions. Those five picks match the fewest for an OSU team dating back to 1957.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Oklahoma State 38, Missouri 33