It’s official now: Ohio State to play Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl the night of January 4th. I think a great deal of Buckeye fans myself included wanted another shot at the almighty SEC who currently own an 8-0 record over us in bowl games. This will be an important matchup for both teams as tOSU obviously wants to end the streak and the Razorbacks want to establish themselves as an elite SEC school. A BCS win would work wonders for their recruiting.
Some of the keys to the game:
Arkansas struggles a bit defending the run, and Tress must establish the two-headed monster of Herron and Saine early and often. Don’t force Pryor to make the plays all by himself.
It seems obvious, but it is imperative to get pressure on Ryan Mallett to force him out of the pocket. tOSU has some All-America caliber defensive backs but they will be worked all day. Some big plays are inevitable, but we need to do a better job at getting the gunslinger uncomfortable than LSU did.
Field position will be key if the Bucks hope to force the Hogs into their style of play. Special teams will be important, and of course solid ball possession.
I think at the end of the day Ohio State has the capacity to win this one by a small margin, 28-24. I think this game may steal the BCS show; best of luck to both teams and no injuries.
Sugar Bowl Thoughts
Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:26 pm