Cotton Bowl Odds & ATS NCAA Football Expert Picks on Southern California Trojans vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Friday, December 29, 2017
by Aengus Moorehead

Big Showdown on Tap as USC Square Off with Ohio State in Cotton Bowl

Cotton Bowl Odds & ATS NCAA Football Expert Picks on Southern California Trojans vs Ohio State Buckeyes

#8 Southern California Trojans (11-2) vs
#5 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2)

Time: 8:30 PM ET
Date: Friday, December 29, 2017
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Watch on: ESPN
Odds: Ohio State -7½
Total O/U: 65

The eighth-ranked USC Trojans will attempt to maintain their winning form and finish the season in style as they get ready to lock horns with the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the Cotton Bowl with the showdown set to be aired on ESPN Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET and live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

The two storied schools have last met in 2009 when the No. 3 Trojans beat the No. 8 Buckeyes 18-15 but USC failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites. Both teams enter this Bowl game having won their respective conference Championships and the two have the same record with eleven wins and two losses.

The Trojans rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Penn State Nitanny Lions 52-49 in last year’s Rose Bowl but failed to cover the line as a 7.5-point favorite. They come into this game having won their last five games and the two losses this season came at the hands of ranked teams in Washington State and Notre Dame.

The Buckeyes would like to forget last year’s performance in the Fiesta Bowl. After beating Michigan 30-27 in overtime in the CFP Semifinal, they got trounced 31-0 by the Clemson Tigers in the Championship game. They enter this Cotton Bowl game as 7½-point favorite, according to BetOnline Sportsbook, with the total sitting at 65 points.

#8 Southern California Trojans vs. #5 Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Odds & Team Stats

Gm# Team
Opener
255 Southern California
64
256 Ohio State
-7
 
 
Southern California Trojans
 
Ohio State Buckeyes
11-2
Won 5
18
4-9
34.83
26.17
8.66
2-6
2-3
7-6
5-3
2-3
Record
Streak
Last Meeting
ATS
Offense
Defense
Diff.
ATS Home
ATS Away
O/U Record
O/U Home
O/U Away
11-2
Won 4
15
6-7
43.75
19.83
23.92
2-5
4-2
9-4
4-3
5-1

#8 Southern California Trojans vs. #5 Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Trends & Predictions

Southern California:
Southern California is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
Southern California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern California's last 7 games

Ohio State:
Ohio State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Ohio State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Ohio State's last 10 games

The Bottom Line:
The Buckeyes have been solid on defense of late allowing just 14.5 PPG in their last four games which two came against ranked teams. They will harassed USC QB Sam Darnold as the sophomore is protected by a depleted offensive line. The Buckeyes can also score as they have averaged almost 40 in their last four tilts. The Pick: Ohio State -7½ and the over 65.

Aengus Moorehead NCAAF Predictions: Ohio State -7½
Total O/U: Over 65
NCAAF Record: Season 2018-19: 5-12   /   -8.20 Units

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