Rea's Say: OSU Deserves Underdog Status

Why is Ohio State such a prohibitive Fiesta Bowl underdog to Texas? We'll try to explain along with a veritable holiday festival of notes from Around the Country and the first Fearless Forecast of the bowl season.

Since appearing on the NFL Network last week and opining that Ohio State's chances in the Fiesta Bowl would be greatly enhanced if Texas was distracted in some way, I have acquired a few new pen pals.

To say my new best friends agreed with me would be inaccurate. Likewise, vilification is little too strong. Let's just say the state of my mental health has been called into question.

I take no delight in feeling the way I do, and I really hope my gut instincts are dead wrong. But after all the big-game collapses of the past couple of years, you'll have to forgive my scarlet-and-gray tinted glasses for being a little on the foggy side.

Let's stipulate right now that there aren't many head coaches in college football I'd rather see at Ohio State than Jim Tressel. You can count them on the fingers of one hand. Likewise, you cannot dispute the man's accomplishments in eight seasons with the Buckeyes – one national championship, one Heisman Trophy winner, two undefeated regular seasons, three trips to the national title game, five Big Ten championships, 24 first-team All-Americans, and perhaps most importantly, an unprecedented 7-1 record against Michigan.

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