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How To Bet On The 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

How To Bet On The 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

After being left out of the College Football Playoffs, the 8th ranked USC Trojans and 5th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will take their frustrations out on each other in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

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2017 Cotton Bowl: USC Trojans vs Ohio State Buckeyes

  • When: December 29, 2017, 8:30 PM ET
  • Where: AT&T Stadium
  • Spread: Ohio State -7.5
  • Total: 64.5
  • Moneyline: Ohio State -285 vs USC +245

If You’re Betting On the USC Trojans

The Trojans will come into this game with a bigger chip on their shoulders because they had a tougher schedule and finished with the same record as the Buckeyes, but Ohio State was in the CFP conversation in the final week of the season, while the Trojans were basically ignored.

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Trojans, while they started the season with high expectations a couple of losses stopped their national championship aspirations cold.

USC lost a three-point game to #16 Washington State and was blown out by Notre Dame, but they also had wins over #22 Arizona, and Stanford, which was ranked #14 and #12 when they played.

USC has another shot to prove the committee wrong against the Buckeyes in the Cotton Bowl.

The Trojans will enter the game as an underdog, which isn’t necessarily good for bettors, as USC is 1-8 SU and ATS in its past nine as dogs.

USC will be coming into this game with the 25th ranked offense in the country, which averaged 34.5 points per game.

The Trojans’ game plan is simple; they will go out there and try to outscore their opponent.

There are plenty of folks however that are expecting quarterback Sam Darnold to shoulder the burden of scoring. But, expect the Trojans to rely on their running game with back Ronald Jones leading the way.

The junior running back has racked up 814 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in the past five games. That said, it’ll be a hard game for Jones who will be rushing against an Ohio State defense that has held opponents to just 3.0 yards per carry on the year.

Quarterback Sam Darnold could also be playing in his last collegiate game as he is expected to be one of the top players taken in the 2018 NFL Draft if he declares after the game, making this an important game for him.

Defensively, the Trojans gave up 26.3 points per game, which was 60th in the country, but they will need to be even better against an Ohio State team that was one of the top scoring teams in the country this year.

The way to beat the Buckeyes defensively is to have an efficient quarterback, as Baker Mayfield and Nathan Stanley combined for 612 passing yards with eight TDs and no INTs in Ohio State’s losses.

If You’re Betting on the Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes felt they were robbed of a chance to play in the CFP after Alabama was given the final spot by the selection committee, despite the fact that they didn’t even play in their conference championship game, while the Buckeyes won the Big Ten conference title.

However, the Buckeyes were given the benefit of doubt last season when they failed to win the Big Ten and were routed by the Clemson Tigers in their playoff game.

The Buckeyes lost by 55 points to Iowa which likely cost them a spot in the playoffs. But, since Ohio State got back on the horse and has since held opponents to just 14.5 points and 223.3 yards.

But, the fact that both of their losses were blowouts didn’t help their cause either.

Now, the Buckeyes will be out to prove that the selection committee made a mistake leaving them out of the playoffs by defeating the Trojans.

Ohio State will be going up against a very good offense, with a quarterback that is considered one of the best in the country, so their defense has to be at their best if they don’t want to get embarrassed again.

Offensively, Ohio State lives and dies with what J.T. Barrett does. The senior can get it done with his arms and his legs but his tendency to throw picks in bunches is a concern against an aggressive, ball-hawking USC secondary.

J.T. Barrett to take better care of the ball and avoid the silly turnovers that have plagued him throughout his career or else the Buckeyes will be fighting an uphill battle against the Trojans.

After getting embarrassed by Clemson last year, head coach Urban Meyer will have his team better prepared this time around, but they will need to play a disciplined game to get the win over the Trojans.

If the Buckeyes avoid making too many mistakes, they should be able to come away with the win.

USC Trojans vs Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Trends

  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Ohio State's last 10 games.
  • Ohio State is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games against the Pac-12.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of USC's last 7 games.
  • USC is 0-6 ATS in its last 6 games against the Big Ten.
  • USC is 1-8 SU and ATS in its last 9 games as an underdog.

Pick and Prediction: The Buckeyes are favored to win this game by eight points. The over/under on total points scored is 64.5. The Buckeyes have more depth, but the Trojans have a lot to
prove, so take the Trojans +8.

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