OSU-Missouri: Key Matchups

Robert Allen's key matchups for the 17th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys' showdown with No. 2-ranked Missouri in front of a national television audience (ESPN2) on Saturday night at Faurot Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

OSU defensive tackles Jeray Chatham, Tonga Tea, Swanson Miller
vs. Missouri guard Ryan Madison, center Tim Barnes,
and guard Kurtis Gregory
Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman said it best, Oklahoma State has to effect Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel. Sitting back in the gun formation and armed with a quick release you aren't going to sack Daniel, but you have to make him aware of you, put the arms up and try to distract and disrupt his vision downfield.

He has only thrown one interception but he is due some more. The Missouri line is big, averaging 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds. Barnes is a pup as a sophomore, Gregory is a junior All-Big 12 candidate, and Madison is a senior. Fight, scratch and claw has to be the Cowboys motto. Anything within the rules to get close to Chase.

Advantage: Missouri - The Tigers are even with the Cowboys offensive line is allowing just two sacks in the first five games. They are good and Daniel has all the tools to magnify their effort. It will be tough but a few quarterback hurries would be nice.

OSU wide receiver Dez Bryant
vs. Missouri cornerbacks Castine Brdiges and Carl Gettis
This may be the biggest mismatch in the Cowboys' favor. Bridges, who is bigger at 6-2 and 205 pounds, and Gettis have just four passes broken up and no interceptions this season.

They get safety help a lot and William Moore is an All-Big 12 and maybe an All-American there, but Moore can't always be there with the Oklahoma State run game and the other wide receiver as well as Brandon Pettigrew.

Bryant has been dominating corners as good or better. Now Missouri can devote the manpower to stop Bryant, but if they do others will really enjoy an advantage because of it.

Advantage: OSU - Bryant is so good he is either going to have a good game or set somebody else up to.

OSU cornerbacks Jacob Lacey and Perrish Cox
vs. Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin
Just reverse match up number two. The Tigers have alternatives in the passing game with tight end Chase Coffman and receivers like Tommy Saunders and Danario Alexander, but Maclin is the main cog.

Advantage: Even - This is the strongest position on defense for the Cowboys, and Lacey and Cox have both proven that they will hit and drive through receivers. Communication is a must as Maclin can wind up all over the Mizzou offense and all over the field.

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