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2017 Cotton Bowl Statistical Preview: #8 USC Trojan vs. #5 Ohio State Buckeyes Top Player Stats

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With the big game a few weeks away, we give you a quick course on the players you need to know

Pac 12 Championship - Stanford v USC Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

On December 29, #8 USC will face #5 Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. Bowl season is a wondrous thing, college football can be found on the screens of loyal fans pretty much 24/7 in the heart of December through early January.

Bowl matchups are what legends are made of. Some may find their team playing against a familiar rival, others may find a game that only comes around once every 10 years….and may need a refresher on which opposing players to look out for. If you are a Pac-12 fan that hasn’t been paying attention to the happenings in Columbus, Ohio, look no further. If you are a Big Ten fan that hasn’t been paying attention to the happenings in Southern California, I got you covered.

Both USC and Ohio State have a multitude of talent on each side of the ball, so here are some season statistics from the best of the Trojans and Buckeyes.

USC Trojans

Pac 12 Championship - Stanford v USC Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Sam Darnold, QB:

Completions/Attempts: 277/435

Completion %: 63.7

Yards: 3,787

Touchdowns: 26

Interceptions: 12

Rushing yards: 100 Rushing touchdowns:

5 Notable season accomplishments: Pac-12 Championship MVP, First Team All-Pac-12

Ronald Jones, RB:

Carries: 242

Yards: 1,486

Average yards: 6.1

Touchdowns: 18

Receiving yards: 187

Receiving touchdowns: 1

Notable season accomplishments: Nine 100+ yard games, First Team All-American, First Team All-Pac-12, fifth on USC’s all-time career rushing list.

Uchenna Nwosu, OLB:

Solo tackles: 43

Assisted tackles: 28

Sacks: 7.5

Interceptions: 1

Passes defended: 13

Fumbles recovered: 1

Notable season accomplishments: First Team All-American, First Team All-Pac-12

Ohio State Buckeyes

Big Ten Championship - Ohio State v Wisconsin Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

J.T. Barrett, QB:

Completions/Attempts: 229/354

Completion %: 64.7

Yards: 2,939

Touchdowns: 35

Interceptions: 9

Rushing Yards: 732

Rushing touchdowns: 10

Notable season accomplishments: First Team All-Big Ten​, Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year

J.K. Dobbins,RB:

Carries: 181

Yards: 1,364

Average yards: 7.5

Touchdowns: 7

Receiving yards: 135

Receiving touchdowns: 1

Notable season accomplishments: Big Ten Championship MVP, six 100+ yard games.

Nick Bosa,DE

Solo tackles: 18

Assisted tackles: 14

Sacks: 7

Passes defended: 2

Fumbles forced: 1

Notable season accomplishments: First Team All-Big Ten​, Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year