Rea's Say: How I See The Sugar Bowl Unfolding

Most observers believe tonight's Sugar Bowl will be an offensive shootout. When it comes right down to it, though, the game should hinge on how the Ohio State defense plays. We'll explain along with regular features such as OSU-Arkansas Tidbits, news and notes from Around the Country, and of course a Sugar Bowl prediction.

First of all, let me get something off my chest.

This morning, ESPN college football analyst Jesse Palmer foisted the idea that Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel should bench his five soon-to-be suspended players to send a message of integrity to the rest of the world.

Palmer's assertion is laughable on several levels, not the least of which is the fact that he played quarterback in the SEC – the same conference that has turned a blind eye to what has transpired at Auburn with quarterback Cam Newton. Secondly, if Palmer had bothered to do even an ounce of research before talking out of his posterior, he would know that Tressel has already extracted promises from Terrelle Pryor, Boom Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas that they will return next season to face the music.

Could any or all of those players go back on that promise? Absolutely. But that would be on them, not Tressel. I look for Pryor, Herron, Posey and Adams to each be in the starting lineup tonight and I expect them to play well. As for what happens after that, we'll see.

Now to the game itself …

If Ohio State is ever to exorcise its postseason SEC demons, a Sugar Bowl date with Arkansas is perhaps the best scenario for which the Buckeyes could have hoped.

Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Say: Jan. 4.

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