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College Football Betting Online: The Cotton Bowl has seen plenty of memorable moments and players in its long history. That’s bound to happen when the game is among the oldest in the country. But the bowl needed a boost and got it in 2010 with a move from the antiquated Cotton Bowl Stadium to the new AT&T Stadium. Another jolt came in 2014 when the game was included as part of the New Year’s Six games. The Cotton Bowl hosted a national semifinal in its first year under the CFP umbrella and will do so again in 2018.
The 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl will take place on Friday, December 29 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. ESPN will air the game live with kickoff set for 8:30 p.m. ET.
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Ohio State Buckeyes -7
USC Trojans +7
The No. 5 Buckeyes just missed out on a spot in the College Football Playoffs, instead, the storied program will face-off against another big name in college pigskin, taking on the No.8 USC Trojans in the Cotton Bowl. This is a battle of the Big Ten champion and the Pac-12 champion.
This game will be played at AT&T Stadium and the NFL setting is fitting given all the talent on these two rosters.
Offense is the name of the game for the Trojans who ranked fifteenth in total offense. The Ohio State Buckeyes ranked sixth in that category while also ranking as one of the top-10 defenses. That’s not something USC can claim.
For the Buckeyes, J.T. Barrett is the obvious centerpiece. As a passer, his 35 touch downs and 2,928 yards are amongst the best in the sport while his legs are a legitimate weapon that he’s not afraid to use, rushing 150 times from scrimmage and amassing 743 yards and 10 scores. He’s one of three players with at least 10 rushing touchdowns as Ohio State has dominated on the ground.
The ground game could ultimately be the difference. Offensively, USC can matchup with Ohio State in the air. Sam Darnold doesn’t have as many passing touchdowns, but is completion percentage is in line with Barrett and his total yards is superior. Can Darnold get enough support on the ground to allow him to be effective in the air against the strong Buckeye defense? And can a Trojan defense that’s been mediocre rise to the occasion against the likes of Barrett? Those are the main questions.
Either way, this should be one of the most anticipated non-College Football Playoff bowl games of the season as it features two powerhouse programs and a plethora of NFL-quality talent.
Cotton Bowl Format
At the outset the Cotton Bowl traditionally hosted the Southwest Conference champion against an at-large team from another region of the country. The early days of the bowl matched Marquette, Colorado and Saint Mary’s against a Texas-based SWC member. After 53 years, the relationship between the bowl and the SWC came to an end when the league folded.
The dissolution of the SWC was due to many factors, most notably the number of schools that were punished by the NCAA for rules violations. This also took a toll on the bowl game and its affiliation with the conference. The Cotton Bowl had lost some luster as a premier game.
The bowl aligned with the new Big 12 in 1999, taking a team from that conference, usually the runner-up, against a team from the Southeastern Conference through the 2014 playing. The Cotton Bowl became one of the New Year’s Six games under the College Football Playoff format starting with the 2015 season game. The bowl hosted a national semifinal in the first season and will do so again following the 2018 season.
Cotton Bowl Game Results
|Season ||Winners ||Losers|
|1993||Notre Dame||Texas AM|
|1992||Notre Dame||Texas AM|
|1991||Florida State||Texas AM|
|1987||Texas AM||Notre Dame|
|1986||Ohio State||Texas AM|
|*1958||TCU/Air Force||Air Force/TCU|
|*1947||SMU/Penn State||Penn State/SMU|
|*1943||Texas/Randolph Field||Randolph Field/Texas|
|1938||Saint Mary’s||Texas Tech|
*1943, 1946, 1947 and 1958 Cotton Bowls ended in a tie
The old Cotton Bowl Stadium became outdated and the game lost some of its prestige because of it. Playing outdoors in typically cold weather wasn’t what organizers wanted. When Jerry Jones built his behemoth ATT Stadium in nearby Arlington for his NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, the Cotton Bowl jumped at the opportunity to upgrade its status. And the ploy worked. The Cotton Bowl is in the rotation as a New Year’s Six game and hosts a national semifinal every three years under the current agreement.
We’ve typically seen a team from the southwest part of the country participate. The Cotton Bowl had a long-standing agreement with the SWC before that league went belly up. The SWC champion had lost seven straight bowls before being dissolved. The Big 12, which included several former SWC schools, took over starting with the 1996 playing.
The Cotton Bowl returned to elite status under the new CFP arrangement. In the first year of the format, the game pitted Alabama and Michigan State in a national semifinal with the Crimson Tide obliterating the Spartans 38-0 on their way to a win over Clemson in the CFP title game.
Moving forward the game will continue to host some of the best programs in the country. Even before aligning with the CFP, the Cotton Bowl had two nationally ranked teams face each other in 26 of the previous 30 matchups, and the other four games had one of the teams ranked in the AP poll. With no conference affiliation, the bowl will host two at-large teams not selected to compete in the four-team playoff. Western Michigan was the top Group of Five team last season and lost to Wisconsin.
Most All-Time Wins at Cotton Bowl
|Wins ||Team ||Years Won|
|11||Texas||1942, 1945, 1952, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1981, 1998, 2002|
|5||Notre Dame||1970, 1977, 1978, 1992, 1993|
|5||Texas AM||1940, 1967, 1985, 1987, 2012|
|4||Alabama||1941, 1980, 2005, 2015|
|4||Arkansas||1964, 1975, 1999, 2012|
|4||Mississippi||1955, 2003, 2008, 2009|
With its ties to the southwest it’s not alarming to find teams in the region getting plenty of exposure in the game. Texas, a powerhouse in the old SWC and now the Big 12, has appeared in over one-third of the Cotton Bowl games with 22 total visits. The Longhorns easily have the most victories as well with 11. However, Texas hasn’t played in the event since the 2002 season when it knocked off LSU 35-20.
The move to the CFP proved bountiful in the first year. Hosting a national semifinal, the game drew an announced crowd of nearly 83,000. Without the appeal and no regional selections playing in the 2016 season game, fewer than 60,000 attended the contest. It was the lowest attended Cotton Bowl in nearly two decades.
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