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Ohio State and USC face each other in Friday night's Cotton Bowl.

Ohio State football: Cotton Bowl predictions; Greg Schiano moves on from Tennessee coaching debacle

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Predictions for Ohio State vs. USC in Cotton Bowl

It’s game day, Buckeyes fans. Ohio State will take the field for the final time in 2017 on Friday night in the Cotton Bowl vs. USC. The game is one of the most anticipated of the bowl season and will likely draw one of the largest television audiences.

Urban Meyer’s team enters the game against the Pac-12 champs as a 7½-point favorite. Will the best version of the Buckeyes show up at AT&T Stadium? Our Ohio State writers laid out keys to the game and made predictions.

Greg Schiano moves on from Tennessee coaching debacle

Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was involved in one of the weirdest sagas of the season. Schiano was set to become Tennessee’s head coach for less than a day. The Vols offered Schiano the job and then retracted it after public backlash due to Schiano’s ties to Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Schiano will remain on Ohio State’s staff heading into 2018, and he didn’t want to draw any attention away from the Cotton Bowl when he spoke about the Tennessee debacle with reporters Thursday.

“You know what, this game is so big for our program and our kids and our coaching staff, our university, I still think it’s inappropriate,” Schiano said. “Now there will be a time, I really think there will be a time when it’s appropriate for me to speak about all that. And when I do, that will be good.”

Urban Meyer doesn’t think the College Football Playoff will expand

There was a debate about College Football Playoff expansion earlier in December, when many people saw it as a toss-up between Ohio State and Alabama for the fourth and final spot. It was, of course, a toss-up that did not go in the Buckeyes favor. And as some analysts call on the NCAA to expand the field beyond its current four-team format, Urban Meyer doesn’t think that will happen.

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Buckeyes just miss NCAA Tournament field in ESPN’s latest Bracketology

It’s almost January, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to think about March. The Ohio State men’s basketball team is in decent shape to make the NCAA Tournament with nearly half of its regular-season games in the books.

The Buckeyes were just on the outside of the 68-team field in Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology at ESPN. The Buckeyes, who are 10-4 and 2-0 already in the Big Ten, were listed among the “First Four Out” in Lunardi’s calculation. Only four Big Ten teams — Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan and Minnesota — were in the field.

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