1. As Jon has pointed out, OSU is the only Big 10 school that consistently brings in top recruiting classes.
2. OSU and Wisconsin were (in my opinion) quite a bit better than the rest of the Big Ten this year, and Wisconsin basically played even with one of the top 3 teams in the country.
3. In criticizing the line, many are saying things like "have you watched the Big Ten bowl games?" Judging OSU off of Michigan and Northwestern is silly.
I'm not going to rush out and put money on them, of course. Tressel is 0-3 against SEC teams and I honestly haven't seen Arkansas play this year, but I don't think the line is as crazy as it sounds.
(If I was forced to bet, I'd take the SEC team and the points, however.)
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