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    10 reasons why OSU will win the BCS

    I really really hope OSU can get the SEC monkey OFF their back after last years debacle. Go Bucks

    10. Split Crowd -- Four years ago, LSU turned the Louisiana Superdome into Tiger Stadium East, overwhelming Oklahoma with a home crowd at what purported to be a neutral site. The assumption was that the same thing would happen this season. The assumption may be wrong. Ohio State fans are everywhere. The red T-shirts are outselling the purple at a Canal Street store, and the Superdome actually may be a 50-50 split. Even if it isn't, Ohio State won at Washington, at No. 20 Purdue, at No. 22 Penn State and at No. 23 Michigan.

    9. Experience -- Yes, Ohio State laid a pterodactyl egg in Glendale, Ariz., last year, but Being There is more than a funny Peter Sellers movie. The Buckeyes brought back 38 lettermen from last year's team. LSU has one player, Kirston Pittman, who played in the 2004 BCS National Championship Game. Tressel is 5-3 in championship games: 4-2 in I-AA, 1-1 in the BCS. Miles hasn't been here before. Neither have his players.

    8. Mascots -- Tigers may be carnivores but they also consume nuts. Ordinarily this wouldn't bode well for Buckeyes. But these Tigers choked on a Nutt on Thanksgiving Friday. Houston Nutt's Arkansas 50, LSU 48.

    7. Laurinaitis -- Junior linebacker James Laurinaitis won the 2006 Nagurski Award as the nation's best defensive player and the 2007 Butkus Award as the best linebacker. In those two seasons, he has made 218 tackles, 17 behind the line, including nine sacks, and intercepted seven passes. He covers from sideline to sideline. His work ethic is a beacon on what has been the best defense in the nation.

    6. Beanie -- Ohio State coaches are proud of the fact that sophomore Chris "Beanie" Wells hasn't had to carry what began the season as an inexperienced offense. But he could have, as he proved with his 39 carries for 222 yards and two touchdowns in the cold rain at Michigan. Wells averaged 122 rushing yards on only 21 carries. He forced safeties to creep toward the line, good news for quarterback Todd Boeckman.

    5. The Offensive Line -- LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey won every trophy this year but the Sudler. He says he is healed but the fact remains he hasn't been the same player in the second half of the season that he was in the first. But Ohio State's offensive line, led by All-American tackle Kirk Barton, kept quarterback Todd Boeckman's jersey clean all season. The Buckeyes allowed only 14 sacks in 304 pass attempts.

    4. Battle of the Bands -- The Golden Band from Tigerland is a snappy bunch. Its Web site proudly states it received the 2002 Sudler Trophy, awarded to an exemplary college band. No school may win it more than once. LSU received the 21st Sudler Trophy. Ohio State's TBDBITL -- The Best Damn Band In The Land -- received the third Sudler Trophy in 1982. Advantage, Script Ohio.

    3. Defense -- Ohio State allowed 128 points, or 10.7 per game, but even that number is inflated. Opponents scored four touchdowns by returns (two kick, two defensive) and a safety, so the defense really allowed 98 points, or 8.3 points per game. Take out 14 points scored by opponents (Washington, Purdue) in the final minute of games that Ohio State led by at least 20 points, and you have only 78 points scored against presumably the starters. That's not seven points per game. To put it another way: Ohio State gave up two rushing touchdowns all season. Arkansas ran for five touchdowns versus LSU.

    2. The DVD -- As Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock said this week, "There's a natural instinct when someone tells you you're not really good to react to it." Not someone -- everyone in the media bad-mouthed the Buckeyes, not only for their loss to Florida a year ago, but for their weak schedule this season, for not belonging in New Orleans, for their choice of cologne, you name it. Jim Tressel had his video guys make a DVD for his players to watch. It's so comprehensive even Pat Forde and I are on it. Whatever we can do to help, guys.

    1. The Sweater Vest -- Les Miles has done a great job of seat-of-the-pants coaching. He has won every nearly gamble, like the touchdown pass with :01 to play against Auburn. But no one wins every gamble. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, that walking bastion of conservatism, that lover of field position, the guy whose teams pounce on opposing mistakes, is no gamble at all.

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    All the pre game hype doesn't mean squat. It is what happens on the gridiron that counts and that is why they play the game.

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    Maybe Tressel should lose the sweater vest so he'll stop choking.

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