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    Goodyear Cotton Bowl

    Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
    Date & Time: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET
    Spread: Ohio State -7.5
    Over/Under Total: 64.5
    Quick Pick: TBD

    This year’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl will take place on Friday Night, December 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the USC Trojans. This game is being played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and can be watched on ESPN. BetDSI has this game at Ohio State -7.5 and the total is set at 64.5.

    Goodyear Cotton Bowl

    The Goodyear Cotton Bowl is one of the oldest bowls that are played each year during the NCAA’s College Football Bowl Season. The Cotton Bowl has been played since 1937 and has been played in Arlington and Dallas Texas.

    There are no true conference tie-ins for this bowl game as it is one of the six bowls that make up the college football playoff system. This year, two teams that contended throughout the regular season for a potential spot in the top 4 for the NCAA College Football Playoffs will meet up as USC Trojans take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    The Buckeyes and the Trojans have both appeared in the Cotton Bowl in the past. The Buckeyes played in the Cotton bowl in 1987, defeating Texas A&M 28-12. The Trojans appeared in the Cotton Bowl in 1995, beating Texas Tech 55-14. They both are 1-0 and will be looking to improve to 2-0 in this rendition of the Cotton Bowl.

    Previous Matchup History

    The Ohio State Buckeyes and the USC Trojans have faced each other 23 times in the history of the two programs. The Trojans hold a 13-9-1 advantage over the Buckeyes and currently have a 7 game winning streak over the Buckeyes. In their last game, they beat the Buckeyes in Ohio by the score 18-15.

    Ohio State Buckeyes 11-2 (BIG 10)

    The Ohio State Buckeyes come into the Cotton Bowl with a 11-2 SU and 6-7 ATS record. The Buckeyes wrapped up their regular season by defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in the BIG 10 Championship game. They were hoping to become the first 2 loss team to make it into the NCAA College Football Playoffs but fell short in their bid.

    The Buckeyes have the 6th ranked offense in the FBS, led by Quarterback JT Barrett. The 5th year senior is fresh off arthroscopic knee surgery to clean up his right knee but he has been practicing with the team and is expected to be a full participant in the game. Barrett has completed nearly 65% of his passing attempts this year, thrown for 2939 yards, 35 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Barrett has also been a threat on the ground, running the ball 149 times for 732 yards and 10 more touchdowns. His running capabilities may be held in check as the Buckeyes may not want to risk him running much on the recently repaired knee.

    The Buckeyes would have been playing in the playoffs, had it not been for their losses to Oklahoma in the second week of the season by the score 31-16 and a complete thrashing by the Iowa Hawkeyes 55-24. Those two losses cost the Buckeyes their chance at a national championship but Urban Meyer will still want this team winning in the final game of the year, the Cotton Bowl.

    The Buckeyes have appeared in 46 bowl games and are 2 games shy of .500 at 22-24. The Buckeyes are 3-0 in their last 3 bowl games, including last year’s 44-28 Fiesta Bowl win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the 42-20 win over the Oregon Ducks in the 2014 National Championship game.

    USC Trojans 11-2 (PAC-12)

    The USC Trojans were not a good team to bet on throughout the regular season, going 11-2 SU but only 3-9-1 ATS. The Trojans won their final 5 games of the regular season, including the PAC 12 championship game over the Stanford Cardinals.

    The Trojans offense is anchored by QB Sam Darnold. Darnold could be playing in his final game at USC. Darnold came into the regular season as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate but early control issues dropped Darnold down the line of Heisman hopefuls. Darnold completed 63.7% of his passes on the season for 3787 yards, 26 TD’s and 12 INT’s.

    Darnold anchors the offense but much of their success comes when Running Back Ronald Jones II has success out of the backfield. Jones rushed 242 times for 1486 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Trojans. Jones scored touchdowns in every game this year with the exception of the Notre Dame loss.
    The Trojans have appeared in 53 bowl games in the history of the program and are 34-19 in those bowl games. The Trojans come in off a 52-49 win over Penn State in last year’s Rose Bowl. The Trojans have played in 5 straight bowl games in 5 years.

    Goodyear Cotton Bowl Handicapping

    This game is really tough to handicap for the simple fact that it’s hard to judge which team will have more motivation to win with getting shut out of the College Football Playoffs. Ohio State is very tough on the ground and if Barrett is healthy, will force the Trojans to not only be concerned with Barrett’s passing ability but also his running threat.

    On the other side, when USC is controlling the ball, they are as dangerous on offense as any team in the country. Jones is the type of RB that can have a huge game in a bowl and let us not forget that this could be Darnold’s final game in a Trojan uniform if he decides to turn pro.

    Spooky’s Selection

    This game is really tough to handicap at this point. We want to make a responsible decision on this game but at this point, we feel it is better to wait for further info about Barrett’s knee and gather more info on the game. Please check back closer to game time to get our official play for this game.

    Spooky Express Pick: TBD

    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

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    Last edited by Bobalou; 12-18-17, 05:02 PM.

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    Goodyear Cotton Bowl

    We are giving out a total play for this game. Spooky is recommending this game to go over the posted total!
    All signs are pointing to Ohio State winning this game but I wouldn't be doing right by my Trojan Nation if I were to pick the Buckeyes so I will be lean to the Over in the game and root for the USC Trojans.

    Spooky Express Pick: Ohio State vs. USC Over 64

    USC +10 (buy up half point)