While the Big Ten has zero teams in the playoff, the conference secured three spots in marquee New Years Six bowls — and all three are early favorites. Ohio State is a 6.5 point favorite against USC in the Cotton Bowl, according to Vegas Insider, Wisconsin is a 6 point favorite against Miami in the Orange Bowl, and Penn State is a three point favorite against Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.
- Ohio State on the outside looking in, Columbus Dispatch – December 3
- Ohio State can only blame itself for missing the College Football Playoff, Colton Denning, Land-Grant Holy Land – December 4
- Former Ohio State Linebacker Ryan Shazier Not Expected to Need Surgery After Suffering Back Injury on Monday Night Football, Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors – December 5
- Ohio State missed the College Football Playoff, but a Cotton Bowl vs. USC can be fun, right?, Bill Landis, Cleveland.com – December 4
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