OH State wins 24-7 over USC

My pick: Ohio State 41, USC 24. Instead, that went to Alabama, which didn't even win its own division in the SEC. 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. Ohio State raced to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter and never looked back.

They wreaked a lot of havoc, which was expected, and defensive end Nick Bosa proved why he was the Big Ten Defensive Linemen of the Year.

Ohio State football is the No. 1 topic in Wake Up every day - but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Wrong. The following week the Buckeyes were destroyed by the Iowa Hawkeyes. What if the Buckeyes had gotten in the playoff? I know he came back to see us, and we chatted for a little bit. Per usual, Ohio State is loaded with NFL talent, while USC on the other hand may have the number one pick in the 2018 NFL Draft under center. Ohio State has struggled lately against dual-threat quarterbacks such as Darnold. It was a demoralizing event for a USC squad that already was losing 10-0.

That was it for the scoring though and it was a massive defensive message to the critics of the Buckeyes.

"That guarded line took a quarterback that we have a very big measure of regard for and he didn't set his feet throughout the night", Meyer said.

2017 was meant to be just another year as usual for the Buckeyes. What a game that was, which Ohio State eventually won, 39-38, after JT Barrett threw a touchdown pass late in the game to take the lead. Add that to his already long list of records.

But as a factor affecting players and coaches, history is overrated.

The Cotton Bowl is the first of the New Year's Six bowls to be played this year, followed by the Fiesta and Orange Bowls on Saturday, then the Peach, Rose and Sugar on Monday.

Best moment: Not sure it necessarily was "best", but it certainly was noteworthy.

"He has a home at Ohio State for the rest of his life". He is projected by some to the No. 1 corner prospect in the National Football League draft. Damon Webb returned the ball deep into USC territory, and the Buckeyes would set up shop from there.

On the same field they won their first championship under head coach Urban Meyer three years ago, Ohio State's saved the day as they sacked Darnold eight times in the game. Wide receiver Parris Campbell was Ohio State's second-leading rusher with 42 yards on three carries on three carries.

The last of which came as Darnold got hit from behind and let the ball fall right in to the waiting arms of an OSU defensive lineman.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (who attended Ohio State) was on the Buckeyes sideline along with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. You don't have to be as in sync offensively if you lean on your running game.

"Our defense was dominating".

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Justin Jackson ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 20 Northwestern held off Kentucky 24-23 on Friday in a Music City Bowl that might be remembered more for injuries, ejections and a wild finish.

In a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma, OSU had a 13-10 lead with 8:10 left in the third quarter but had only a field goal in the last 23 minutes.

Seven fifth-year seniors who were key contributors this season are departing, including quarterback J.T. Barrett - a four-year starter who holds almost every Ohio State passing and scoring record - and defensive end Tyquan Lewis, the 2016 Big Ten defensive player of the year.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C. Nothing noteworthy in this department. Tonight was all about J.T. Barrett and the Buckeye defense.

  • Julie Sanders