Ohio State, which previous year became the first team without winning a conference title to make the playoff, was the first team left out Sunday even after beating previously undefeated Wisconsin 27-21 in the Big Ten title game.
Another Big Ten-Pac-12 confrontation on the bowl schedule will come in the Fiesta Bowl on December 30 between No. 9 Penn State (10-2) and No. 11 Washington (10-2).
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With all of that in mind, here are five things to know about USC vs Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl. Both of the Trojans losses came against Top 18 teams on the road while USC's two wins over No. 13 Stanford still look impressive.
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"We can't wait for what will be a classic Pac-12/Big Ten bowl matchup", USC coach Clay Helton said.
The game will be the second Cotton Bowl appearance for the Trojans, who defeated Texas Tech, 55-14, in 1995. The Buckeyes last played there in 1987, a 28-12 win over Texas A&M.
MORE THAN DISAPPOINTED: "They're probably devastated", Meyer said of his players.
They will, at least, combine to make the most compelling non-playoff bowl of the season.
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While making the actual four team playoff would have been nice, this is still a solid way for both teams to end their season.
ROLLING ON OFFENSE: The Trojans had 501 total yards in the Pac-12 title game.
BIG TEN IN COTTON: This is the fourth year in a row - all since the current CFP system went into place - that a Big Ten team will play in a Cotton Bowl.
In the Peach Bowl on December 30, No. 12 UCF (13-0) will play its final game under Scott Frost, who's headed to Nebraska as its new head coach, against No. 7 Auburn.
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