Texas vs. Ohio State – Fiesta Bowl Preview
The Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona will host the Texas Longhorns (11-1 overall, 7-1 Big 12) from the Big 12 Conference and the Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2 overall, 7-1 Big 10) from the Big 10 Conference. The game is scheduled for January 5 at 8:00 p.m. and will be televised live on FOX. This is just the third all-time meeting between the Buckeyes and Longhorns, but they’ll be playing for the third time in four seasons.
The Texas Longhorns were one of the best teams in college football in 2008. A lot of experts had them going to the BCS Championship Game, but unfortunately, they were left out of their Conference Championship Game and ultimately the BCS Championship. The Longhorns won’t let all of that get to them though. “It’s time for us to put behind us all the BCS stuff and move forward and look forward to a great game,” Brown said. “The BCS doesn’t satisfy everybody. We’ve been on the positive side of it a few times. We’ve been on the negative side a few times.”
The Longhorns are led by Heisman runner-up Colt McCoy, who set school records with 3,445 yards and 32 TDs to go along with an NCAA-record 77.6 percent completion rate.
The Ohio State Buckeyes were the No. 2 team in the AP preseason poll, but an early loss to then-No. 1 ranked USC had them on an uphill climb the entire season. The Buckeyes are led by true-freshman QB Terrelle Pryor, star linebacker James Laurinaitis, and running back Chris Wells. The Buckeyes have a lot of talent and will make this a good game.
Outside of the BCS Championship Game, the Fiesta Bowl gives us the best matchup. OSU Coach Jim Tressel said “Ohio State against Texas, I don’t know, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
A quick note about the game from ESPN:
The Longhorns aren’t happy to be in Glendale but have a solid matchup against their old friends from Columbus — the first game between them since a memorable two-game series in 2005 and 2006. Terrelle Pryor will give them a taste of what other defenses experienced when they were trying to contain Vince Young over the years. — Tim Griffin
Any predictions for the Fiesta Bowl?