USC vs Ohio State Cotton Bowl Odds & Expert PickJosh Bailey
The eighth-ranked USC Trojans and fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will bot be looking to cap off their respective seasons in style when they square off in the 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, December 29. The game will go down live from AT&T Stadium at 8:30 PM ET while airing live on ESPN.
USC vs Ohio State Cotton Bowl Odds & Expert Pick
USC Trojans (11-2) at Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2)
When: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: AT&T Stadium
NCAAF Odds: Ohio State -6
Bet On USC To Win The Cotton Bowl Because
USC closed out its regular season on a positive five-game winning streak after suffering its second loss of the season by getting blown out by Notre Dame 49-14 back on Oct. 21. The Trojans beat Stanford 31-28 in the Pac-12 championship on Dec. 1 but have gone 0-2-1 ATS over their last three games. USC put up 34.5 points per game (24th) while allowing 26.3 points per contest defensively (61st). Quarterback Sam Darnold completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 3,787 yards with 26 TDs but tossed 12 costly interceptions as well. Running back Ronald Jones rushed for 1,486 yards and 18 touchdowns while wide receiver Deontae Burnett hauled in 75 passes for 975 yards and nine touchdowns.
Bet On Ohio State To Win The Cotton Bowl Because
Ohio State won four straight games to close out their season after getting blown out of the water in their 55-24 road loss to Iowa on Nov. 4. The Buckeyes handed Wisconsin their only loss of the season by beating the Badgers 27-21 in the Big Ten title game on Dec. 12. Ohio State averages 42.5 points per game (5th) while allowing 19.9 points per game defensively (22nd). Quarterback J.T. Barrett completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,928 yards with 35 TD passes and nine interceptions while running back J.K. Dobbins rushed for a stellar 1,364 yards and seven scores.
USC vs Ohio State Cotton Bowl Expert Pick
While 54 percent of public bettors like the USC to cover the chalk, I’m going with the 46 percent of public bettors that like Ohio State to cover the spread, mostly because they’re the only team in this matchup with a competent defense. The Trojans are an uninspiring 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 1-4 ATS in their last five bowl games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Ohio State is 6-1 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games, 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games against teams from the Pac-12. I’m going with J.T. Barrett and the Buckeyes to get it done in this one!