In continuing with a season of things USC has not done since Pete Carroll was in charge, after winning their First Pac-12 Championship since 2008, the USC Trojans ranked 8th will take on the 5th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the 82nd Annual Cotton Bowl Classic. These two teams last played in 2009.
How the Bowl Selection Process played out today:
The final College Football Playoff Committee Rankings are in and the USC Trojans are ranked 8th after defeating the Stanford Cardinal in the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game. Normally this would earn the Trojans another trip to the Rose Bowl but the The Granddaddy of Them All is a Playoff semifinal game this year. So while the Georgia Bulldogs against the Oklahoma Sooners is definitely a rare moment in Rose Bowl history and certainly one of the most intriguing games in the history of the game.
Multi billion dollar contractsfor Bowl Games, the playoffs, and TV rights, notwithstanding the powers that be still wanted the Pac-12 Champion taking on the Big 10 Champion even if the Rose Bowl was otherwise occupied. Initially the Fiesta Bowl was the projected target for the OSU vs. USC matchup but the Committee does not like to keep sending teams and their fans to the same places year after year they try to mix it up. The Buckeyes have been to the Fiesta Bowl the last two years and the CFP Committee did not want to send them back for a third consecutive time. Consequently they moved the their game with USC to Texas to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic.
82nd Annual Cotton Bowl Classic Game Info:
The 2017 Big Ten Champion #5 Ohio State (11-2 overall) vs The 2017 Pac-12 Conference Champion #8 USC Trojans (11-2 overall)
Start time: Friday, December 29, 5:30 p.m. PST
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Radio: Tune in
Live Streaming: Watch ESPN
A few facts on the history of USC vs. Ohio State:
USC leads this series 13-9-1,
USC and Ohio State have played against each other 7 times in the Rose Bowl;
USC and Ohio State last met in 2009 with the Trojans winning 18-15.
Jim Tressell and Pete Carroll were the head coaches
USC has won the last seven meetings against Ohio State
Ohio State has not beat USC since January 1, 1974
USC and OSU have both been to the Cotton Bowl one time. The Trojans went January 2, 1995 and destroyed the Texas Tech Red Raiders 55-14.
The Buckeyes went to the Cotton Bowl on New Years Day 1987 defeating the Texas A&M Aggies 28-12.
Planning on attending the Cotton Bowl:
Ticket information:Trojan Athletic Fund Members, Season Ticket Holders, and USC Students;
Other Tickets: Official Cotton Bowl Ticket Exchange
Going to the game: Parking, Stadium, and Travel information
Final College Football Playoff rankings:
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Michigan State
- Washington State
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- Mississippi State
- NC State
- Boise State