QB Darnold could be making his last USC start in Cotton Bowl

QB Darnold could be making his last USC start in Cotton Bowl

QB Darnold could be making his last USC start in Cotton Bowl

Ohio State live stream, start time, betting odds and TV information for the 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between the No.8 Trojans and No. 5 Buckeyes.

Let's measure USC's progress in Texas: USC trailed Alabama, 17-3 at halftime at AT&T Stadium in the 2016 season opener.

Here are six takeaways from the Cotton Bowl on Friday. USC's two losses this season came to the Washington State Cougars and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Five-star linebacker Bru McCoy (Santa Ana, CA) hasn't released his top 10 schools yet, but he told Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts that Ohio State will be on that list.

Tyquan Lewis sacked the third-year junior and jarred the ball loose and Jerome Baker recovered it at the Buckeyes' 41-yard line.

That's not a bad trade for those teams, but the sacrifice to get there would mean pushing the rest of bowl season closer to becoming football's version of the NIT.

When you look at the play makers on each defense, the edge has to go to Ohio State.The Buckeyes possess one of the best corners in the nation, Denzel Ward, and also have one of the best defensive ends in the nation, Sam Hubbard.

Despite the 24-7 final, it wasn't as big of a mismatch as the scoreboard would suggest. Overmatched against quality teams.

Manny Wilkins completed 25 of 40 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a score for the Sun Devils, but he also had three second-half interceptions. This was exacerbated on Friday by where Ohio State got the ball when USC gave it away. In other words, against a high-quality opponent who does not beat itself, what does he add or influence? But both needed to win and get a little help. Nick Bosa led the charge for the Buckeyes, who limited USC to 277 yards. That was hardly the only time it happened as the offense apparently requires tight ends to routinely deal with the defensive ends.

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The defensive line won up front, and the best example was that on a sack of Darnold, where four guys and ultimately a fifth got in for the hit. Overall, the Buckeyes only allow 19 points a contest so this is where they have a clear advantage over the Trojans.

The offensive line has been terrible much of the season but got away with it by playing Pac-12 teams.

USC: Darnold, who became the first Trojans quarterback ever with more than 4,000 yards passing in a season, has until January 15 to decide if he will head to the National Football League or return to USC for another season. "He's definitely a hard runner, he's going to have a bright future", Jones said before making a bulking-up motion. The first seven were all in the Rose Bowl, the last coming 33 years ago.

The USC defense must hold up better than it has to date to have a chance Friday night. This victory snapped an OSU losing streak to USC that dated to January 1, 1974, when Archie Griffin led the Buckeyes to a 42-21 pounding of the defending national champion Trojans in the Rose Bowl.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was equally complimentary about Jones. Helton is more like General Custer when it counts. Arizona State was ousted by N.C. State.

He paused for a second, in a state of disbelief. College football has long tried to operate outside that model. This is where coaching becomes the issue.

The Pac-12 as a whole has a lot of soul-searching to do right now. Along with that 1-7 bowl record.

While new Giants GM Dave Gettleman may have said "as of now" Eli Manning is the Giants' starting quarterback for 2018, that doesn't preclude him from potentially drafting the 37-year-old Manning's successor.

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