2017 Cotton Bowl Classic (December)
This article needs additional citations for verification. (July 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
The 2017 Cotton Bowl Classic was a college football bowl game played at 7:30 pm CST on December 29, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The 82nd Cotton Bowl Classic was one of the 2017–18 bowl games that concluded the 2017 FBS football season.
|2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic|
|82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic|
|Date||December 29, 2017|
|MVP||Offense: QB JT Barrett Defense: S Damon Webb|
|Favorite||Ohio State by 10|
|Referee||David Smith (SEC)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Network||ESPN & ESPN Radio|
The game was broadcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio. It was sponsored by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and was officially known as the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
The Cotton Bowl was played by Pac-12 Conference champion USC Trojans and Big Ten Conference champion Ohio State Buckeyes. These teams were chosen by the CFP Selection Committee. Traditionally, the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions meet in the Rose Bowl, however in the 2017 season, that game will be used for one of the two College Football Playoff semifinal games. Of note is that this year's Rose Bowl features SEC champion Georgia and Big 12 champion Oklahoma, a matchup which traditionally occurs in the Sugar Bowl, which is being used as the other CFP semifinal game for this year.
Prior to kickoff, the Trojans led the all-time series 13-9-1; the most recent game was on September 12, 2009, where the Trojans defeated the Buckeyes by a score of 18-15, scoring with 1:05 remaining in the game to go ahead to stay. USC had won the last 7 games in the series, with Ohio State's last win coming in the 1974 Rose Bowl.
The Buckeyes crushed the Trojans 24–7. With the victory, the all-time series between the schools now stands at 13-10-1 in favor of USC.
|No. 8 Trojans||0||7||0||0||7|
|No. 5 Buckeyes||7||17||0||0||24|
|Time of possession||29:53||25:04|
|USC||Passing||Sam Darnold||26/45, 356 yds, 1 INT|
|Rushing||Ronald Jones||19 car, 64 yds, 1 TD|
|Receiving||Deontay Burnett||12 rec, 139 yds|
|OSU||Passing||J. T. Barrett||11/17, 114 yds|
|Rushing||J. T. Barrett||16 car, 66 yds, 2 TD|
|Receiving||Marcus Baugh||4 rec, 40 yds|