Arkansas (10-2) vs. Ohio State (11-1)
WHEN: Jan. 4, 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans
TV: ESPN (Brad Nessler will do play-by-play, with Todd Blackledge as the analyst).
THE LINE: Ohio State by 3.
RECORDS VS. BOWL TEAMS: Arkansas 6-2, Ohio State 6-1.
NCAA SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Arkansas 6th, Ohio State T-55th.
BCS RANKINGS: Arkansas 8th, Ohio State 6th.
OFFICIATING CREW: From the ACC.
COACHES: Arkansas - Bobby Petrino (3-2 in bowl games); Ohio State - Jim Tressel (5-4 in bowl games).
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: It's a heavyweight matchup between teams that, with a couple of breaks, could have been in the national championship picture. Both have explosive, high-scoring offenses. Yet the most compelling factor may be whether Ohio State can finally get a bowl win against an SEC opponent; the Buckeyes are 0-9.
KEY STATS: Behind the passing of QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas averages 338.4 yards per game to rank third in the nation in passing offense. But Ohio State's pass defense is the best Arkansas will have faced this season. The Buckeyes are ranked fourth in the country in that category.