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Monday, January 3, 2011
Big stage won't faze Hogs

By Chris Low

Everybody knows about Ohio State’s 0-9 record against SEC teams in bowl games.

But Arkansas is doing this BCS thing for the first time in school history. The Hogs went to the Liberty Bowl last year, but none of these players have ever experienced the bright lights of a BCS bowl game.

For the Buckeyes, this is their sixth straight trip to a BCS bowl game. It’s the only thing their players know.

That has to be a big advantage for Ohio State, right?

Arkansas sophomore running back Knile Davis doesn’t necessarily see it that way heading into Tuesday night’s Allstate Sugar Bowl.

“We’re real confident when we step onto the field and feel like we can play with anybody at any time,” Davis said. “We played a great schedule this year and played in a lot of big games. We feel like we’re playing our best football right now. We’re ready for this.”

Here’s the other thing: Anybody who thinks the Hogs are glad just to be a part of the Sugar Bowl festivities might want to think again.

This is a team that genuinely believed at the beginning of the season that it could compete for the national championship.

“We’re not satisfied with the year,” Davis said. “We feel like it could have been a lot better. Our goal at the beginning of the season was definitely to be playing for a national championship. We feel like if we were clicking a little earlier, we may have gotten that opportunity. We fell short a little bit, but still have a great opportunity to finish it off strong.”