January 1, 4:30pm
(10-2) ____________ Big10 __________ 335.31
YPG = 364.8 (101%)
PPG = 29.3 (125%)
__________dYPG = 262.5 (71%) → -14%
_________dPPG = 12.2 (45%) → -39%
(10-2) _____________ Pac10 _________ 385.85
+18% ← YPG = 424.5 (119%)___________
+37% ← PPG = 37.7 (162%)___________
dYPG = 329.7 (85%)
dPPG = 23.6 (84%)
This would be a big win for the Bucks after all of the past bowl disappointments. They probably have a better shot in this one than any of them, but they'll have their hands full with an explosive Duck offense. Oregon has played a bit tougher of a schedule and has better losses, but Ohio State has better wins over Iowa & Penn State. This one could be a classic.
The Line: Ohio State +4.5
The Call: Oregon wins, but Ohio State covers the spread
The Result: Ohio State 26-17
And thus the Buckeyes bowl drought is over. Things obviously didn't go the way the Ducks wanted them too - the Bucks D was stellar, and the offense held the ball for over 40 minutes. Even with Oregon's quick-strike offense, less than 20 minutes on the field just isn't enough time. Ohio State came ready to play, Tressel had a gameplan that put his team in place to succeed, and they executed. Well done. Whether or not it exercises the demons remains to be seen... more on that in a week.