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OSU proves me wrong
January 6, 2011 - B.J. Lisko
Ohio State's win was the first for the team in 10 tries against SEC opponents. It marked a big win for a team that had been criticized for its schedule. It also marked another notch on head coach Jim Tressel's belt in the BCS. Most importantly, for obvious reasons, it marked the first time the team has proven me wrong in a predicted print column. A few days prior to the Sugar Bowl, I laid out all the statistics, made all the arguments, as to why Arkansas would prevail. I predicted a 31-27 win in the Razorbacks' favor. They didn't deliver. Or more accurately, they couldn't catch or get a hold of the football. When Dane Sanzenbacher fell on a fumble in the end zone in the first quarter, he did it after two Arkansas players failed to come up with the loose ball. This happened after two drops on Arkansas' first drive, the first of which would've at least netted the team a big gain if not a touchdown. No, luck was on Ohio State's side. Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett made an errant throw even after the defense came up with a punt block late in the contest. I won't boast that the team didn't deserve to win. It was a fun game to watch, and honestly was a pretty even match-up. If those same teams play 10 times I say they both go 5-5. Arkansas had its chances. They didn't capitalize. Ohio State did. So cheers, Buckeye fans. You got your BCS win. If a few key offensive back-ups perform well early next season, you could very well have a chance at another on New Years Day 2012. I just hope the team on the opposing sideline is Boise State. Come on, you knew I couldn't do a blog without a Broncos reference. ... til next time.
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