October 15, 2009

Cowboy Insider: Five questions for Saturday

Each week, PowerMizzou.com gives Tiger fans a look at the matchup from the other side of things. For our opponent's view this week, we turn to Justin Wilmeth of OStateIllustrated.com.

Give me a status update on Kendall Hunter and Dez Bryant

The status of two of the biggest stars on the squad is still up in the air. Hunter has been recovering from a foot/ankle injury suffered against Houston in September. He's been slowly making his way back into practicing, but his status for this weekend is unknown. At this point, Mizzou fans should prepare to see a lot of Keith Toston and Beau Johnson at tailback, though there is a small chance Hunter could work into the mix. As for Bryant, it's doubtful he'll play this weekend and it's unknown if the NCAA will allow him back on the field this season. He went to Indianapolis on Tuesday to meet with the NCAA and state his case. People around Stillwater seem to be more and more optimistic about a return -- but I think time is on the side of the Tigers as I highly doubt the NCAA would move swiftly enough to clear up this issue before Saturday. In short, I don't think Mizzou faces either.

Give me a breakdown and prediction for the game.

This is a game that I view as a game that is a toss-up with a slight lean to the Cowboys. Aside from losing to Houston, OSU has played relatively well -- albeit unimpressive at times -- this season. The Tigers are down from their excellent heights of the past couple of seasons, but have shown to be a solid squad in 2009. This will be Mizzou's first real road test of the year and it's always interesting to see how a team fares in that situation. As said above, the Tigers should feel considerably less pressure in this game than the Cowboys do. If Mizzou can hang around and make things tough on the Pokes, then there's a great chance for the upset. But the Cowboys remember last year and how good the Tigers were and won't overlook this game, as next week's opponent is Baylor. I'll go with a 30-21 win for OSU in a game that is close throughout.

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