No. 8 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State: TV info, scouting report and prediction
By Joey Kaufman
No. 8 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State
When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
TV/Radio: ESPN; 710 AM
Records: USC (11-2); Ohio State (11-2)
OHIO STATE STATS
QB J.T. Barrett: 229-354, 2,939 yards, 35 TD, 9 INT
RB J.K. Dobbins: 181-1364, 7 TD
WR Parris Campbell: 39-587, 3 TD
DE Nick Bosa: 32 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 8 QB hurries
LB Jerome Baker: 67 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks
Ohio State injury report: OUT: TE A.J. Alexander (knee)
Ohio State wins if: J.T. Barrett becomes the latest dual-threat quarterback to give the Trojans trouble. … The Buckeyes’ front seven pressures and flusters Sam Darnold, who has been sacked 22 times this season after being sacked only six times in his 10 starts last season. … Road troubles return for USC, which is 8-7 away from the Coliseum since Clay Helton was named the permanent head coach and was handed a 52-6 defeat by Alabama in its last game at AT&T Stadium.
QB Sam Darnold: 277-435, 3,787 yards, 26 TD, 12 INT
RB Ronald Jones: 242-1486, 18 TD
WR Deontay Burnett: 74-975, 9 TD
LB Uchenna Nwosu 71 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 13 pass break-ups
LB Cameron Smith: 102 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 1 INT
USC injury report: OUT: LB Porter Gustin (toe) DOUBTFUL: WR Velus Jones (foot) QUESTIONABLE: Jack Jones (ankle), Oluwole Betiku (groin)
USC wins if: Sam Darnold looks like he did against the last Big Ten team he faced: Penn State in the Rose Bowl. … Penalty-prone players avoid costly mistakes. … The Trojans’ defense, which ranks second in the nation in sacks, forces more big plays than it allows – a group that has also surrendered 71 plays of 20-plus yards, ranking No. 115 in the nation.
Ohio State 38, USC 35