Ohio State vs. Arkansas: 5 Things To Watch for in Tonight's Sugar Bowl

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Ohio State vs. Arkansas: 5 Things To Watch for in Tonight's Sugar Bowl
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For the last week, the dominant storyline surrounding tomorrow night's Allstate Sugar Bowl has been the suspensions of the six Ohio State Buckeyes players who were implicated in selling Ohio State memorabilia.

Should they be allowed to play the bowl? Would they actually honor their commitment to Jim Tressel and stay in school next season?

It has certainly made for an interesting topic of discussion on Internet message boards and talk radio shows across the country.

Unfortunately, it has also detracted from what many had pegged to be another very interesting matchup and quite possibly an extremely competitive football game.

You can be certain that the players of Arkansas and Ohio State are really looking forward to tomorrow night's game in New Orleans, simply because for the three hours they spend on that Superdome field none of that should matter. Gold pants and gold rings will be irrelevant for the first time in what seems like forever, and it will finally be time to get down to brass tax.

Both teams have something to prove, and even though this isn't for a national title, the nation will likely take an interest, because it promotes college football's biggest conference rivalry. The Big Ten and the SEC.

Fans in both the Midwest and the Southeast have seemed to draw lines, especially in the last several years, and it has been one of the more interesting debates in the game. It's a storyline that is far less scandalous but equally as intriguing as any tattoo parlor mischief.

And it's just one of the many reasons why this is shaping up to be a great ballgame.

These are 5 things you should watch for in tomorrow night's Sugar Bowl.

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