Ohio State's defense dominates in 24-7 win over USC


Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett ran the ball in on a read option for the Buckeyes first score and Ohio State jumped out to an early lead. "Being able to come to the game was hard for them, but being in Arlington, it's good for them to come watch". The unit finished their year ranked 8th in the country in total yards allowed (292). Others pointed to the few signs of progress and little incremental improvement.

The Trojans enter Friday's game with an 11-2 overall record after capturing the Pac-12 championship with a victory over Stanford on December 1.

"He'll get arrested if he tries to come back", Holmes said with a laugh.

With 176 yards, however, Barrett would pass Purdue legend Drew Brees and set the Big Ten record for total offense (12,692).

"J.T. has done it all for us", Meyer said before the game.

There are three factors that could determine if Ohio State wins or finishes with three losses for the first time since Meyer became the Buckeyes' coach in 2012. The College Football Playoff will get a lot of eyeballs, but if you're looking for the next best bowl, this is it. The Rose Bowl traditionally hosts the Big Ten and Pac-12 champions, but this year will host Oklahoma and Georgia for a bid in the January 8 title game. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between No. 7 Auburn and No. 12 UCF (12:30 p.m.), as well as both College Football Playoff Semifinals: The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia (5 p.m.) and the Allstate Sugar Bowl featuring No. 1 Clemson vs.

Earlier this month, Ohio State center Billy Price said there was "not a chance" any of his teammates would sit out the Buckeyes' Cotton Bowl Classic against USC in order to protect their draft stock.

The USC Trojans are above average on the offensive side of the ball, ranking 24th in the FBS with 34.5 points per game.

Ward practiced with the Buckeyes leading up to the bowl game, with coaches knowing he would make a game-day decision, according to a statement from the school. Ronald Jones gained 64 yards on 19 carries and scored the Trojans' on TD on a 1-yard run.

If Friday was Sam Darnold's last audition for the Giants before he potentially enters the NFL Draft, it couldn't have gone much worse.

Sam Darnold is projected to be a top 10 pick in this year's NFL Draft if he decides to declare, and had a great season this year throwing for 3787 yards and 26 touchdowns. His passer rating against ranked teams was fourth in the nation this season.

Dwayne Haskins, who took over when Barrett was injured in the MI game, and led the Buckeyes to a road victory, will be the favorite to start as a redshirt sophomore next season.

Ohio State's senior class completed a ridiculous 49-6 four-year run with the win, setting a program record for most wins by a class in history, and Urban Meyer improved to an absurd 73-8 overall as Ohio State's coach. "So I really wanted to see him get that championship". Darnold may not have enough time to light up on the big stage the way he did past year against Penn State in the Rose Bowl. 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. You could have 32 first round picks on your team, and you're not coming back from that. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.

Prediction: The victor of this game may be the team that can run the ball better and my guess is that would favor the Buckeyes. Growing up, Joe squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene.