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It looks like New Orleans for OSU

Mike Greco • Dec 3, 2010 at 7:51 PM

All indications point to The Ohio State University playing Arkansas in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 4.

The final BCS Standings will be released Sunday.

But it’s been speculated that the Buckeyes will be heading to New Orleans.

OSU captured a share of the Big Ten crown with both Wisconsin and Michigan State.

The Badgers, though, are currently ranked one spot higher than the Buckeyes in the BCS Standings. They are likely headed to the Rose Bowl.

OSU is ranked sixth in the BCS Standings, which is two spots ahead of the Spartans.

The scenario is set up provided Auburn beats South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game and Oregon downs Oregon State in its regular-season finale.

They are the top two ranked teams currently in the BCS.

If the Buckeyes do indeed get picked to the Sugar Bowl against the Razorbacks, here are some interesting tidbits.

- It will be the first meeting between the two schools.

- OSU is just 19-22 in bowl games.

- The Buckeyes will be making their ninth appearance in BCS games and have a 5-3 record. They broke a three-game losing streak with last season’s 26-17 win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

- OSU is just 7-11-1 all-time against SEC teams, including winless in bowl games. The two most prominent recent losses were the 2007 and 2008 BCS National Championship games against Florida (41-14) and LSU (38-24), but the Buckeyes’ struggles against the SEC go back to 1977 when they were blasted by Alabama 35-6.

- Many thought LSU would be playing in the Sugar Bowl, but Arkansas probably took that spot over with a 31-23 head-to-head win Saturday.

- After a 65-43 loss to Auburn Oct. 16, Arkansas has reeled off six straight wins.

- The Razorbacks are averaging 37.3 points and 489.3 yards per game.

- Arkansas is giving up 22.8 points per contest.

- The Razorbacks are led by quarterback Ryan Mallett, who is 242-of-364 for 3,592 yards with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He is ranked fifth in the nation with the amount of yards thrown.

- Buckeye fans may remember Mallett at the University of Michigan. He spent the 2007 season with the Wolverines, going 61-of-141 for 892 yards with seven TDs and five picks.

Mallett played in the regular-season finale against the Buckeyes, going 1-of-3 for eight yards in Michigan’s 14-3 loss.

He transferred to Arkansas after the 2007 season when Rich Rodriguez took over coaching duties from Lloyd Carr. Mallett sat out 2008 because of the transfer.

Michigan State is likely the odd man out of a BCS game from the Big Ten. Only two schools from the BCS conference can go to BCS games.

As far as the rest of the BCS bowls, Stanford and Wisconsin would be an attractive Big Ten-PAC 10 Rose Bowl matchup. It would preserve the tradition between the two conferences, but that is not likely to happen.

Stanford is still likely headed to a BCS game.

Look for TCU to play Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

The Big 12 (I’m saying Oklahoma), ACC (I’m saying Virginia Tech) and Big East (I’m saying Connecticut) will also occupy BCS games.

The ACC will send at least two-loss team, while the Big East will have at least a three-loss squad to BCS games.

It’s a great system, isn’t it?

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