Somewhere in the 9th Circle of Hell, Satan is holding a contract signed with Jim Delany‘s blood.
And it may have been worth it, too.
It’s only one win, but Ohio State’s thrilling 31-26 victory over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl did two things: 1) it prevented the Big Ten from getting completely shut out by the SEC after what later became known as the New Year’s Day massacre and 2) removed the “property of the SEC” tattoo from Ohio State’s forehead.
Don’t worry, they paid for it in full.
In all seriousness, though, the impact of Ohio State’s win can’t be stressed enough. The SEC is college football’s measuring stick and how a team or a conference does against the SEC carries a significant amount of a weight. Even though Georgia was a .500 team this season, Central Florida can say they beat an SEC team. That means something.
Likewise, beating Arkansas at the BCS level means a great deal not only to Ohio State, but to the Big Ten.
Granted, Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeye Five shouldn’t have been playing tonight, but if you’re Bobby Petrino and Arkansas, you should want Pryor. You should want Ohio State at full strength. That’s just the competitive nature.
Arkansas had plenty of chances, too. The Razorbacks’ wide receivers dropped countless balls from Ryan Mallett, who was often on the run thanks to Ohio State’s pass rush. Down late in the fourth quarter, Arkansas made a great play by blocking a punt deep in Ohio State territory, but couldn’t capitalize to win the game.
Ohio State just played better.
So, to the Buckeyes and the Big Ten, enjoy the win.
Because the verbal lashings about your conference’s supposed inferiority, not to mention “Legends” and “Leaders”, from the southeastern part of the U.S. are set to begin in … now.