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ESPN Releases Score Prediction For Ohio State-USC

USC's mascot standing on a ladder while holding up a sword.

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 29: Drum Major of the USC Trojans Marching Band performs during the game against the Washington State Cougars on October 29, 2005 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. USC won 55-13. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Here's ESPN's score prediction for the Cotton Bowl.

ESPN college football writer Adam Rittenberg has made score predictions for all 41 of the bowl games this year.

You can view all of his picks here.

Below is his score prediction for the Cotton Bowl contest between No. 5 Ohio State and No. 8 USC.

Quite possibly the best non-playoff matchup features star power on both sides and teams motivated to show they should have been in the playoff. USC QB Sam Darnold will make some highlight-reel plays, but Ohio State's defensive line and Texas natives J.T. Barrett and J.K. Dobbins will come up big late.

Prediction: Ohio State 34, USC 30

Ohio State and USC are set to play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Dec. 29.