Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

USC to Take on Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl

USC to Take on Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl

When not hosting semifinals, the matchups for the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach bowls are determined by the 13-member playoff selection committee, which consists of five former coaches, four athletic directors, two former administrators, a college president and a former sports reporter.

Some thought USC, which finished 11-2 and won the Pac-12, deserved to be part of the conversation too.

Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans have landed in the Cotton Bowl 2017 and will face off against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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NOT FOR THE ROSES: Southern Cal has won the last seven games in the series against Ohio State, including four regular season games since they last faced each other in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day 1985.

While making the actual four team playoff would have been nice, this is still a solid way for both teams to end their season.

The Buckeyes, who defeated Wisconsin to win the Big Ten championship on Saturday, have fond memories of JerryWorld, having defeated OR to win the national title on January 12, 2015.

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ROLLING ON OFFENSE: The Trojans had 501 total yards in the Pac-12 title game. Ohio State will stay at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas while USC will be at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine.

USC defeated Stanford University in Pacific-12 Conference championship game and is also 11-2 on the year.

The committee instead selected one-loss Alabama, which did not make the Southeastern Conference championship game.

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