PREVIEW: Tigers-Bucks Head to Head

Here are osme of the key one on one matchups in the BCS National Championship Game.

Head to Head:

Ohio State QB vs. LSU QB

Todd Boeckman vs. Matt Flynn

Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman and LSU signal caller Matt Flynn have something very much in common. Both are in their first year as quarterbacks of their respective teams and both replaced legendary quarterbacks. Boeckman was forced to fill the shoes of Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith while Flynn has came on to replace the NFL Draft's No. 1 pick last spring in JaMarcus Russell. Both have done quite well. While Boeckman doesn't have nearly the tools that Smith possessed and he isn't going to overwhelm you with arm strength, he has managed the Buckeye offense efficiently completing 175 of 272 passes for 2,164 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Flynn, who has battled injuries this season (ankle and shoulder), missed two starts – including the SEC Championship Game – yet still has completed 182 of 332 passes for 2,233 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Ohio State LB vs. LSU DT

James Laurinaitis vs. Glenn Dorsey

Too bad they want go up against one another. Two of the nation's best defenders will strap it on in this one with a national championship at stake. LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey cleaned house winning most of college football's major accolades including the Outland, Nagurski, Lott and Lombardi Trophies. But right behind Dorsey was Ohio State James Laurinaitis, who did claim the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. Dorsey, who struggled the second half of the season with injuries, finished the season with 64 tackles, including six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. Laurinaitis, who led the Buckeyes with 103 stops, also had five sacks and two interceptions.

Player to Watch:

Chris "Beanie" Wells

RB, Soph.

6-1, 235

Akron, Ohio

Garfield HS

Chris "Beanie" Wells finally got his shot at being Ohio State's featured back this season, and the sophomore from Akron, Ohio took advantage of the opportunity. A year ago, the freshman Wells played behind Antonio Pittman, who rushed for 1,233 yards en route to leading the Buckeyes to the national championship game. But as Pittman moved on to the NFL, Wells stepped up in a big way. "Beanie" has eclipsed Pittman's 1200-yard performance from a year ago rushing for 1,462 yards on 352 carries so far this season. Through 12 games, Wells is averaging 122 yards per game on the ground and more than five yards per carry. Wells, who teams with Maurice Wells in the Ohio State backfield, is a power back measuring 6-1, 235 pounds. He has bullied his way into the end zone 14 times and will go looking for more as tries to accomplish something Pittman was able to do a year ago – win the national championship.


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