Sugar Bowl: 9 Reasons Why Ohio State is 0-9 vs. SEC Teams in Bowl Games
Ohio State's 0-9 record against the SEC in bowl games is one of the stranger stats in college football. For such a storied program, one would think that they'd have at least one or two victories.
However, the Buckeyes have yet to get the better of the teams from down south. This year, they'll have a chance to change that as they take on Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.
Ohio State fans, I'm sorry to bring this up again. If you plan on reading through this, go grab a box of tissues before you click through to the next slide.
Once you're back, journey through Ohio State's nine losses.
1978 Sugar Bowl: Alabama 35, Ohio State 6
When Bear Bryant and Woody Hayes butted heads in the 1978 Sugar Bowl, the first of those legendary coaches came out on top.
The game was never even close as Ohio State failed to score in any of the first three quarters. Somehow, Alabama even managed to fumble 10 times, losing two of them, and still win by 29 points.
The Crimson Tide had long drive after long drive, holding onto the ball for so long each time that they only had three first-half possessions and scored on two of them.
It's impossible to pinpoint just one reason why Ohio State lost this game. They couldn't score and they couldn't stop Alabama at any point.
The Buckeyes were just a much worse team in this one.
1990 Hall of Fame Bowl: Auburn 31, Ohio State 14
In this one, No. 9 Auburn overcame a halftime deficit by scoring 21 unanswered second half points to beat the No. 21 ranked Buckeyes.
After Ohio State took an early lead, the momentum swung to Auburn's side after a play that became known as "The Hit."
Ohio State safety Zack Dumas drilled Auburn running back Stacy Danley on a screen pass, leaving Danley lying motionless on the ground for about four minutes. When he got up to walk off the field, he pointed back at the Ohio State players, an action that inspired linebacker Quentin Riggins to say, "When we saw that hit and what it did to Stacy, it woke us up."
Behind quarterback Reggie Slack, who completed 16 of 22 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns, the Tigers never looked back.
1993 Citrus Bowl: Georgia 21, Ohio State 14
In the first meeting between the two storied programs, the No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs barely beat the No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes.
It was Kirk Herbstreit's last game as a Buckeye and I bet he wishes he could have another chance. The quarterback completed just eight of his 24 passes for 110 yards and an interception.
The true stars of this game were the two running backs. Georgia's Garrison Hearst ran for 163 yards while Ohio State's Robert Smith gained 112 yards and scored both of the Buckeye's touchdowns.
Georgia was tied at 14 with Ohio State when the Buckeyes fumbled the ball away halfway through the fourth quarter while deep in Georgia's half of the field. An 84-yard drive ensued that resulted in the game-winner.
1995 Citrus Bowl: Alabama 24, Ohio State 17
No. 6 Alabama and No. 13 Ohio State were tied in the 1995 Citrus Bowl with just under a minute left in the final quarter. But then, Alabama quarterback Jay Barker hit Sherman Williams for a 50-yard touchdown pass with just 42 seconds left for the win.
The game wouldn't have been that close if it wasn't for a great performance by the Ohio State special teams (Wait, what? Ohio State special teams have actually been good before?). They blocked both a punt and a field goal in this game.
Ohio State's defense was the main problem, allowing Alabama to rack up an astounding 521 total yards.
1996 Citrus Bowl: Tennessee 20, Ohio State 14
Somehow, both Tennessee and Ohio State were ranked fourth in the country going into this game. Afterwards, Tennessee would be ahead of the Buckeyes.
Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George ran for 101 yards and a touchdown for Ohio State, but he was outperformed by Tennessee's Jay Graham, who gained 154 yards and a touchdown.
This was yet another close game as the two teams were tied at 14 until Jeff Hall made two field goals for the Volunteers to come out on top.
2001 Outback Bowl: South Carolina 24, Ohio State 7
This may have been one of the worst performances in Ohio State's history.
Unranked South Carolina beat up on the No. 18 Buckeyes all game long. The star was running back Ryan Brewer who had 109 rushing yards, 92 receiving yards, 13 return yards and three total touchdowns.
In fact, Ohio State's only touchdown came when Jonathan Wells fumbled the ball into the end zone and offensive lineman Mike Gurr recovered it.
John Cooper left the sidelines for the last time as Ohio State's head coach, this time in disgrace.
2002 Outback Bowl: South Carolina 31, Ohio State 28
Now playing with Jim Tressel as head coach, the Buckeyes still fell to South Carolina in the 2002 Outback Bowl. In this edition of the game, South Carolina was ranked 14th while Ohio State was 22nd.
The game started out just as bad as it did in 2001. This time, the Gamecocks scored the first 28 points of the game. But Ohio State rallied and tied the game up at 28 with just 1:54 remaining. Surely the game would just go to overtime as the Buckeyes had shut down South Carolina throughout the fourth quarter.
Instead, South Carolina set up Daniel Weaver for the game-winning 42-yard field goal as time expired.
2007 BCS National Championship Game: Florida 41, Ohio State 14
Ohio State was in the midst of an absolutely dominant season. They were ranked No. 1 after going 12-0 and beating Texas and Michigan, both of which were ranked second at the time of their respective games with Ohio State.
Florida was now No. 2 and got off to a bad start after Ted Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. That was about the last thing that went wrong for Florida.
The Gators went on to score 21 unanswered points then allowed a touchdown run to Antonio Pittman before scoring another 20 unanswered points.
As Florida wide receiver Dallas Baker (pictured here) said, "We came here with a chip on our shoulder and something to prove." Ohio State made it easy for them to prove that.
Talk about a disappointing game for the Buckeyes.
2008 BCS National Championship Game: LSU 38, Ohio State 24
The 2008 BCS National Championship was a very similar to game to the one played in 2007.
Ohio State was ranked No. 1 again and taking on the No. 2 LSU Tigers.
They jumped out to another quick lead, going up 10-0 before falling behind 24-10 at halftime thanks to 24 unanswered points by LSU.
The Tigers continued to jump out ahead with a Matt Flynn to Early Doucet touchdown pass on the first drive of the second half. Ohio State scored two more touchdowns, but neither of them were able to provide enough momentum for a comeback.
With this game, the Buckeyes moved to their current 0-9 record against SEC teams in bowl games.
2011 Sugar Bowl?
This year, the No. 6 Buckeyes take on the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
They'll either be 1-9 or 0-10 against the SEC in bowl games after the game. Personally, I think the former is more likely than the latter.
As we've seen during the bowl season thus far, anything can happen on any given day.
Regardless of the history, this should be a great football game.