Cotton Bowl Betting Preview & Predictions USC vs Ohio State

USC vs Ohio State
Cotton Bowl Betting Preview & Predictions

When: 8:30 PM ET, Friday, December 29, 2017
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
TV: ESPN
Betting Line: Ohio State -7.5
Total: 65

USC vs Ohio State Bowl Preview

The Trojans have won seven straight meetings between these two rivals, including the last game in 2009 when they defeated the Buckeyes 18-15 in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has thrown for career highs of 2,939 yards and 35 touchdowns to lead Ohio State. Running back J.K. Dobbins (10 TDs) set a freshman rushing record for Ohio State with 1,364 yards. Ohio State (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten) receivers Parris Campbell (three TDs) led a balanced receiving corps with 587 yards, K.J. Hill leads the team with 55 receptions. linebacker Jerome Baker leads the team with 67 tackles and defensive lineman.

USC running back Ronald Jones II has rushed for 1,486 yards this season and has been a prime reason for the USC offensive success even if he does not get the media attention. Southern California (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) quarterback Sam Darnold struggled with interceptions early on (six in first three games), but was picked off only twice in the last five games and threw for 3,787 yards in 2017. Receiver Deontay Burnett caught 74 passes for 975 yards with nine touchdowns and Tyler Vaughns (51 catches, 690 yards, five TDs). On defense linebacker Cameron Smith leads the Trojans defense with 102 tackles and junior lineman Rasheem Green posted five of his nine sacks in his last four games.

 

USC vs Ohio State Betting Trends

USC Trends

Trojans are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games following a straight up win.
Trojans are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Trojans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games.
Trojans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
Trojans are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Trojans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Bowl games.
Trojans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Trojans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
Trojans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
Trojans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
Trojans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in December.
Trojans are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
Trojans are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.
Trojans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big Ten

Ohio State Betting Trends

Buckeyes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
Buckeyes are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 vs. Pac-12.
Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
Buckeyes are 3-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Buckeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
Buckeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
Buckeyes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
Buckeyes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.

USC vs Ohio State Betting Prediction

This is a great game. As a fan and as a gambler I am looking forward to this one because both teams think they should be in the playoffs and if the there were an 8 team playoff tournament they would both be in. The key here is the 7.5 line. I like Ohio State to win but I also like this game to be with 4 points so as long as I can get these prime numbers (3,4,6,7) all covered by one team I am on them.

Betting Pick: USC +7.5

Score Prediction:

Ohio State 34 – USC 30