Time to gear up for one more battle.
The Ohio State football team arrived in Dallas Saturday afternoon to begin preparations for their Cotton Bowl Classic matchup against the USC Trojans. The game will wrap up what has been somewhat of an up-and-down season for the Buckeyes, and will also be the last time quarterback J.T. Barrett takes the field for the Scarlet and Gray.
OSU wasted no time, holding practice just hours after landing in the Lone Star State.
Ranked second in the preseason rankings, Ohio State (11-2) was seen by most as one of the top challengers for the national championship. After a week two loss to Oklahoma, the Buckeyes recovered to win their next six in a row, including a thrilling 39-38 win over Penn State.
Just one week later, however, they suffered a shocking 55-24 defeat at the hands of unranked Iowa. While they would recover to win the Big Ten title, the latter defeat kept them out of the College Football Playoff.
Still a matchup with PAC-12 champion USC (11-2) is sure to bring back memories of Rose Bowls past. The Trojans had their own national title dreams dashed after losses to Washington State and Notre Dame, but come in riding a five-game winning streak behind future NFL Draft prospect (and possible future Browns QB) Sam Darnold. The team has also won its last seven meetings with Ohio State dating back to 1975.
The 82nd Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off Friday, Dec. 29, at 8:30 p.m. ET from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.