The Ohio State Buckeyes and USC Trojans will treat college football fans across the country to a mega matchup on Friday night that has all the makings for a must-watch Cotton Bowl. Here are our over/under predictions for the game:
275 Yards Passing For Sam Darnold
The USC signal caller averages 291 passing yards per game.
Ohio State on the other hand, has a passing defense that’s been an up-and-down unit to say the least this season.
In Ohio State’s two losses, quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Nathan Stanley combined for eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. Both opposing QBs also completed at least 65 percent of their passing attempts in the respective matchups with the Bucks.
While there are plenty of viable reasons to believe Ohio State will be well prepared for the Trojans’ aerial attack, it’s difficult to predict a so-so outing from Sam Darnold on the big stage…
2.5 Total Touchdowns For J.T. Barrett
It feels like there’s too much on the line for J.T. to not have a big game in his last outing in the Scarlet and Gray. Urban Meyer will make sure his quarterback’s put in a position to succeed against the Trojans.
75 Yards Receiving For Deontay Burnett
USC will find ways to move the ball downfield, but don’t expect Burnett to put up gaudy numbers, especially with Denzel Ward on the other side and a Buckeye defense that will keep a close eye on the elusive wide receiver.
100 Yards Rushing For J.K. Dobbins
Expect the unexpected from Ohio State’s offense. That’s what I’ve learned in 2017.
Based off of that premise—Mike Weber will be the star running back for the Buckeyes, while J.T. Barrett leads the pass-heavy Buckeye offense in a high-scoring affair.
64.5 Total Points
While both defenses are more than respectable, let’s be honest, it’s fun thinking about J.T. Barrett and Sam Darnold going back and forth in a shootout. It just feels right.