Ohio State to play in Cotton Bowl

Buckeyes will play Pac 12 champion USC


The Ohio State Buckeyes will settle for playing in the Cotton Bowl instead of the College Football Playoff.

Big Ten champion Ohio State’s opponent will be Southern California, the champions of the Pac 12. The game will be played at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 29 on ESPN at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Ohio State beat Oregon in the national championship game in 2015 at the same stadium.

» RELATED: Ohio State left out of playoff

Ohio State last played in the Cotton Bowl in 1987, beating Texas A&M 28-12. It last played USC in 2009, losing 18-15.

“This is a traditional matchup,” ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit said on ESPN. “This is a great one.”

The Buckeyes have lost seven games to the Trojans. Ohio State’s last win in the series came in 1974. The teams have played seven times in the Rose Bowl, with USC winning five times.

» BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP: McLaurin stars in hometownSeven takeawaysHartman on playoffs | Photos

The Buckeyes finished the regular season 10-2, rose to No. 8 in the College Football Playoff ranking and then beat No. 4 Wisconsin 27-21 on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship. The Buckeyes jumped to No. 5 in the final playoff ranking Sunday.

No. 4 Alabama won the final playoff berth and will play No. 1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. No. 2 Oklahoma will play No. 3 Georgia in the other semifinal, the Rose Bowl.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

HS Results 1/22: Robinette posts triple-double for New Miami

Jordan Robinette’s triple-double performance helped New Miami take down SCPA 84-36 in boys basketball on Monday. Robinette tallied 11 points, 10 steals and 10 assists. Deanza Duncan led the scoring for New Miami with 21 points and Nate Hobbs tacked on 14. Girls Basketball Springboro 50, Lakota East 41: Lauren Thomas totaled nine points off the...
Surging 13th-ranked Buckeyes top Nebraska for fourth win in eight days
Surging 13th-ranked Buckeyes top Nebraska for fourth win in eight days

Keita Bates-Diop scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and No. 13 Ohio State beat Nebraska 64-59 on Monday night, the fourth victory for the surging Buckeyes in the last eight days. The back-and-forth game had seven lead changes in the second half. A pair of foul shots by Nebraska’s James Palmer Jr. cut Ohio State&rsquo...
HS Scores 1/22: ‘Boro beats East, Tecumseh edges Miamisburg

Boys Basketball Monday’s Results New Miami 84, SCPA 36: Duncan (NM) 21; McEachin (SCPA) 14. Girls Basketball Monday’s Results Beavercreek 43, Bellbrook 28: Dilsavor (Bea) 12; Hofacker (Bel) 6. Bethel 51, Piqua 46: Hawthorn (B) 14; Stewart (P) 17. Botkins 54, Indian Lake 23: Bergman (B) 18. Brookville 39, Twin Valley South 29: Bronner (B)...
TCU rebounds in style with signature upset of No. 7 West Virginia
TCU rebounds in style with signature upset of No. 7 West Virginia

FORT WORTH — TCU men’s basketball suffered five of the most humbling losses one could imagine during the team’s first seven games of Big 12 play. Monday night had a different tune for Jamie Dixon and the Horned Frogs as they stunned No. 7 West Virginia 82-73  for their first win against the Mountaineers...
Pac-12 leads Power 5 conferences with 29 players on Super Bowl rosters
Pac-12 leads Power 5 conferences with 29 players on Super Bowl rosters

The Pac-12 has more of its players on Super Bowl 52 rosters for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots than any other Power 5 conference. The Pac-12’s 29 players playing in Super Bowl 52 edge out the SEC’s 28. The Big Ten is second with 27. Here’s a breakdown of all the players from Pac-12 teams heading to Minneapolis...
More Stories