For as much star power as these teams have under center-Ohio State has a dual-threat quarterback in J.T. Barrett who has piled up over 12,000 total yards in career, while USC is led by a potential Top-5 pick in Sam Darnold-this matchup may be decided by the running games.
Yet the offensive weapon both defenses fear is the opposing running back. The reason? Brandon Wimbush, a quarterback who would finish the game with more than 100 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground, adding another 2 in the air.
With 176 yards, however, Barrett would pass Purdue legend Drew Brees and set the Big Ten record for total offense (12,692). "J.K. Dobbins is the key to their offense right now". "We're doing everything we can to not go through that again". Those are all better passing defenses than USC's, which should sell out pass D to stop the run anyway. "If J.T. Barnett beats us with his arm, applause".
Motivation is a question for Urban Meyer and Co., who probably feel as though they should be playing on New Year's Day in a playoff game.
"I know we're talking about Sam".
Even though Barrett is a great runner, he ran the ball far too many times! "This guy is outstanding".
Ohio State has rushed for 3,284 yards as a team this season, and could very well be over 3,500 after the Cotton Bowl game with USC on Friday. Though I was deciding not to participate in the bowl game, I didn't want to leave my teammates and coaches to pursue my dream just yet. OSU is 6-1 ATS in its past seven neutral-site games. He wasn't good by any means, and some of his throws were genuinely jaw-droppingly poor, but life's not easy with Nick Bosa in your dish all night.
They ran the ball well and connected on short passes which left the Nittany Lions' defense vulnerable, and in the second half Ohio State took advantage and connected on a few shots down the field.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 champions would usually play New Year's Day in Pasadena instead of Texas, but the Rose Bowl is a CFP semifinal game on Monday between Oklahoma and Georgia.
The PAC 12 and the Big 10 Champions face off in the Cotton Bowl. He missed four field goal tries in the game after missing just two in the regular season. "I think that's a little extreme", he said. "I watched film on Joey, I watched his freshman, sophomore, junior film and the biggest jump he made was the year from sophomore to junior year". USC also claimed its conference championship and found itself on the outside looking in.
Admit it. You plopped down in front of the TV on Friday night to watch the 82nd Cotton Bowl, and waited for the 2017 Rose Bowl to break out.
"I learned everything from my dad", Clay Helton said of his father, who was traveling to Dallas on Thursday. He didn't throw a touchdown and turned it over three times, including an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Webb. Any coach that's had over 40 years of experience both at the National Football League and college level and has that much love and compassion for you, you listen to. "I had countless discussions with my coaches about this decision well before the game".
Schiano and the Buckeyes were ready for plays like this, a staple of the USC offense. Cornerback Jack Jones also lost his composure.
A first-team All-American selection, Ward recorded 15 pass breakups and 2 interceptions in 13 games this season. They'd have made the Playoff if not for losing second games in embarrassing fashion earlier in the year (OSU to Iowa, USC to Notre Dame).