ARLINGTON, Texas – The state of Ohio came in this season with some of the highest expectations possible; He took second place in the two pre-season polls, with a talented defense, the return leadership and the balance of fifth-year quarterback J.T. Barrett and enough challenges in the calendar to justify the placement in the Playoff game if he made a weak attempt during the navigation during the year.
But none of the Power Five schools went through the year unharmed and the Buckeyes were defeated at home in September by a team that made the playoffs in Oklahoma, and finally saw the possibility of a national title disappearing from the window because of the improbability steam rolling. that was put on them by almost three Iowa touchdowns.
By winning the Big Ten Conference, the Buckeyes had a trip to Dallas instead of Pasadena or New Orleans, despite some of the best lobbying on this side of Nick Saban, whose case included calls late at night on ESPN. The questionable CV of Crimson Tide was rewarded with a fourth direct trip to the tiebreaker.
The Cotton Bowl was the eighth time that the two powers, claiming a total of 19 national championships, faced each other at the end of the season, most in the Rose Bowl, when the Pac-12 and Big Ten teams met for a while. dragged on. the explosion of the reorganization of the conference and the great money of television have influenced everything that is seen in college football six months a year.
Ohio State (12-2) wasted no time in stopping the echo of the USC play-offs, forced an awkward attempt in the third game of the game and found Barrett Wharf Keeper a little over a minute later. He poured it out from there, with a complete 24-7 victory for a Buckeye partisan crowd.
The best match outside the playoffs on paper was anything less; Instead, the victory has led some elongated demons to do something that other former Ohio state coaches Earle Bruce, John Cooper and Jim Tressel had not dealt with in the past in the USC.
The Trojans, who had beaten Ohio State seven times in a row, played exactly the same as the last time they were at AT & T Stadium.
In the first game of the 2015 season USC was led by Alabama 52-6, in part due to a sloppy play avalanche and simply being overtaken by a superior team.
Sam Darnold did not start that game, but he had some grunts when the game was under control, which led him to win the track a few weeks later, took jobs while placing his name on Heisman and the inevitable draw.
In a return to his house of horrors, the Trojan horse of gifts continued to come thanks to Darnold. In the first seven holdings of the USC to open the game, he turned three times and the Buckeyes won 21 points, more than enough to win the victory.
While the game of Darnold (and its 22 sales for the season) caught the attention of the NFL scouts, this game and the end of the season were clear on the Buckeyes.
Ohio State has its own story in Jerry’s World. Three seasons ago, he won the first national championship of the national postseason in a victory over Oregon after defeating the aforementioned Saban in the semifinals.
While the chip seen on Buckeyes’ shoulder was as big as the AT & T Stadium’s video board, Ohio’s head coach, Urban Meyer, insisted he should not worry about things he could not control, such as politics. playoffs
Go ahead and reload the words of the day for Ohio State, as they not only lose Barrett, but defensive end Tyquan Lewis, All-American cornerback Denzel Ward – who chose to sit down Friday and protect his project status – and possibly up to eight more people who have contributed in the last three seasons.
The pool of talents that Meyer restores with relative ease will once again be in the mix for the 2018 championships and will return to Arlington again with a no-conference confrontation with TCU on September 15.
USC (11-3) continued the disastrous Pac-12 season bowl and has questions to answer for next season, especially the redshirt-Darnold second status, which could waive its ability to participate in the project.
When asked, Darnold did not give much clarity about the possibility of going to the NFL.
“Talk to my family, talk to the coaches, that’s how I will do it,” Darnold said of his future. “It’s difficult, I’ll see everything and then I’ll make a decision.”