Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Ohio State, USC to play in Cotton Bowl

Ohio State, USC to play in Cotton Bowl

Still, USC vs. Ohio State should be one of the most exciting non-Playoff games.

Instead, Penn State and Washington will play in the Fiesta Bowl.

"It's extremely special for our team as well as our fan base", USC coach Clay Helton said. He broke out for two big runs, one for 77 yards and the other for 53 - both set up a field goal or touchdown. Darnold has 3,787 yards passing and 31 USC touchdowns (26 passing, five rushing).

Understandably, he was a bit upset when Alabama got the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff over his Buckeyes, even though the Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship Game over Wisconsin.

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The committee slotted No. 8 USC against No. 5 Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on December 29. The Trojans also have only one previous Cotton Bowl appearance, routing Texas Tech 55-7 on January 2, 1995.

This will be Ohio State's second ever appearance in the Cotton Bowl.

The Rose Bowl, the usual destination for Pac-12 and Big Ten champions, is being used as the site of a College Football Playoff Semifinal this season.

ROLLING ON OFFENSE: The Trojans had 501 total yards in the Pac-12 title game. The two teams last played early in the 2009 season, when the Trojans won 18-15 at Ohio Stadium.

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