Ohio State to Face Missouri in Cotton Bowl

By Andy Anders on December 3, 2023 at 2:36 pm
Ohio State taking the field

After falling short of this year's College Football Playoff, Ohio State has now learned which New Year's Six bowl it will play in.

The Buckeyes are set to face Missouri in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 29 in Arlington, Texas.

Ohio State, who finished No. 7 in the final CFP rankings, finished its regular season with an 11-1 record, losing 30-24 to Michigan in a defeat that ultimately sealed its exclusion from the CFP. No. 9 Missouri finished with a 10-2 record, falling to No. 13 LSU and No. 6 Georgia during its campaign.

It's the first trip to the Cotton Bowl for Ohio State since it beat USC 24-7 in AT&T Stadium following the 2017 season. The Buckeyes are 2-0 all-time in the Cotton Bowl, beating Texas A&M 28-12 in their lone other appearance in 1986.

Ohio State has made either the College Football Playoff or a New Year's Six bowl game every year since the playoff's inception. With its entry into the Cotton Bowl, it marks 10 years in a row the Buckeyes will either be playing for a national championship or in one of the sport's other premier bowl games.

The Bucks and Tigers will kick off at 8 p.m. on Dec. 29. ESPN will broadcast the contest.

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