New year’s six bowl odds: Cotton bowl kicks off weekend action

With bowl season finally winding down, the best teams in the country will finally get an opportunity to prove themselves in some of the biggest games starting on Friday. That is when the eighth-ranked USC Trojans will meet the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes as 7.5-point underdogs in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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The Buckeyes will be out to prove they belonged in the four-team College Football Playoff field while the Trojans look to be a dangerous opponent despite failing to cover the spread in six straight games against Big Ten opponents. Ohio State is 11-2 against the spread in its last 13 versus Pac-12 foes but 0-2 straight up in the past two meetings.

On Saturday, two more Top 10 schools from the Big Ten will take center stage in the Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl. The ninth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions are 3-point chalk against the 11th-ranked Washington Huskies in the Fiesta Bowl and have gone an impressive 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 games. However, the Huskies have won four straight versus the Big Ten.