2017 Cotton Bowl Classic Football Betting Lines & Analysis

Posted by: Charlie Smith

The football betting lines NCAA are heating up as more and more Bowl Games are being held with each passing week. Up next is the 2017 Cotton Bowl Classic. This year’s Cotton Bowl Classic will pit No. 8 USC against the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes. There’s no question that a matchup featuring such talented programs will be breathtaking. So, let’s take a look at what the parlay betting tips have to say about this breathtaking matchup.

2017 Cotton Bowl Classic – USC vs. Ohio State – Friday, Dec. 29th

When: 8:30 pm ET

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas


Stream: Watch ESPN

Football betting Lines NCAA:

USC Trojans +8 (-115)         64 ½ (-110)     +245

Ohio State Buckeyes -8 (-105)          64 ½ (-110)     -290

USC Trojans

The Trojans turned in an 11-2 record for the 2017 college football betting regular season. Additionally, USC delivered an 8-1 record in Pac-12 play that saw the Trojans finish 1st in the Pac-12 – South Division. Naturally, such a stellar record garnered USC an invite to this year’s Pac-12 Championship game. Once there, the Trojans didn’t hesitate to deliver a 31-28 triumph over No. 12 Stanford. It was a great finish to a great season and it ultimately marked USC’s 5th straight victory to close out the regular season’s action. What kind of chance doe the Trojans have of keeping that win streak alive against a top-ranked opponent like the Buckeyes?

The football betting lines NCAA are pegging the Trojans as the underdogs in the 2017 Cotton Bowl Classic. This comes as no surprise since the Buckeyes have a significant statistical advantage in this bowl game. Firstly, Ohio State wields the better offense since the Buckeyes are averaging 42.5 points to the Trojans 34.5. Secondly, Ohio State also enters this matchup with a better defensive unit. Specifically, the Buckeyes are allotting a slim 19.9 points in each matchup while the Trojans are allowing their opponents to score 26.3 With those numbers in mind, it’s clear that USC is the sportsbook betting underdog in this matchup.

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes turned in an 11-2 record for the 2017 season. Furthermore, Ohio State was able to achieve an 8-1 record in Big Ten play which ultimately saw the Buckeyes finish No. 1 overall in the Big Ten – East standings. It follows that Ohio State would earn an invitation to the 2017 Big Ten Championship. Once there, the Buckeyes were able to deliver a strong 27-21 performance over No. 4 Wisconsin that further validated this program as one of the best in the nation. The 2017 Cotton Bowl classic also helps the Buckeyes solidify themselves as such.

There’s plenty of value to be had on a USC upset prediction. However, that’s very much an iffy bet that doesn’t offer a whole lot of console. On the other hand, since the Trojans have a pretty pathetic 4-9 record against the spread this season: bettors can feel much better about taking Ohio State on the spread.