Sugar Bowl Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes: No Love for the Hogs

Ashton GilstrapContributor IDecember 5, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 06:  Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The bias against the University of Arkansas in the national news media is deplorable.

Our 10 win season, phenomenal offensive masterminds on the sideline, No. 8 in the national ranking and monstrous quarterback are apparently not enough to garner any respect from ESPN or any other national sports pundits.

Watching the BCS Bowl Selection special on ESPN has infuriated me. The fact that we defeated LSU, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, University South Carolina and University of Georgia are seemingly meaningless in the eyes of the “experts.”

Reality check.

The Razorbacks are for real. The only two games that the Hogs dropped this year were against Auburn University, the No. 1 team in the country, and the University of Alabama, who was No. 1 at the time. Clearly, these losses indicate that the Razorbacks are a bottom of the barrel team that don't deserve any recognition.

Lou Holtz, a former Razorback coach himself, even went so far as to say that two plays were the only things that separated Arkansas from LSU.

The underlying implication was that Arkansas didn’t deserve to win that game, despite our consistently dominant performance throughout the course of the game.

Outrageous. Simply outrageous.

Finally, however, the Razorbacks have their chance to win a signature game, and have a statement win that should solidify our credibility as BCS contenders. The matchup against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans gives Arkansas a chance to silence all of the critics, and permanently etch our name in the book of great teams.

The Ryan Mallett led Arkansas offense is a juggernaut against whom only two teams have emerged successful. Ohio State is going to overlook us going into this game, and when the final seconds tick down in New Orleans, the shock waves will reverberate across the country.

I can’t wait.

Woo pig.