Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
(8)USC vs. (5)Ohio State
(Favorite: Ohio State - 9 1/2)
Attendance : 67,510
Bam Childress(2001-04): Ohio State
Bbaver: The Pick: Ohio State - I think Urban will sell these guys on redeeming themselves after last year's 31-0 pasting by Clemson. It would be helpful to have Denzel Ward in this one. As of Dec 20, Urban says everyone is playing, but I wouldn't be shocked if we didn't see Ward in this one. It's a shame that this isn't the Rose Bowl hosting this matchup. I haven't come up with a score yet by I like the Buckeyes by 10 pts or so.
Gregg: Pre-season you may expected these two teams to be squared off in the playoffs, but now they have to settle for the best bowl game outside the playoff 4. In fact there are some that believe this will be a better game then either of the semi-final match-ups, and you can include me in that group. I think the difference will be the Buckeye defense. If they can apply pressure like they did against Wisconsin in the last game they should give JT Barrett and company plenty of opportunities to run up the score. The key for the offense will be to protect the football, the number of turnovers kept the Badgers in the Big Ten championship, cannot afford to do that in the bowl game. Ohio State 35 USC 27
jOShUa: This is an intriguing match up with historic tradition of PAC 12 champion vs the Big 10 championship, although the Rose Bowl will not be the venue for these two teams thanks to the rotating playoff game site. Going into the season, both teams had playoff aspirations but with both teams falling twice in the regular season, they settle for a NY6 bowl match up. This will be the last game for JT Barrett in a Buckeye uniform and he will be squaring off against potentially the number 1 draft pick Sam Darnold. I think if Ohio State plays they game they want to play they will win this one by 10 points. I think like most Buckeye fans, were are just wanting the win, and then look forward to next season and the debate of our new starting quarterback. The winner of this game is the team who wants it more, and I think Ohio State will want it more and want to prove itself as one of the best teams. Ohio States running game gains tractions, Dobbins leads the Buckeyes, and Darnold manages 2 touchdowns against our secondary. Ohio State 42 - USC 31
Dr Mark: OSU 28-24, hard for me to pick this one
PJSBuck: Which OSU team shows up? Also, expect Urban to give the ball to J.T. as long as J.T. is in uniform - so game planning is no mystery for USC. Not knowing which team shows up is perplexing but I am a homer and will go with the Bucks by 6.
Pia Pete: OSU 37 – USC 34
Coach Rick: Ohio State by 9
Steven: Ohio State
Final Score: Ohio State 24 USC 7