It’s been several years since Ohio State and Texas played a football game — in 2005 the Longhorns won a close game, and in 2006 the Buckeyes won a not-so-close one — but they’ll face each other again next month:
PHOENIX (AP) — Mack Brown believes his third-ranked Texas Longhorns deserved a shot at the national title.
Now that they’ll get a shot at No. 10 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, Brown looked on the bright side.
“It’s time for us to put the past week behind us with all the BCS stuff and move forward and look forward to a great game,” Brown said on a teleconference.
The question is, will Texas-Ohio State be a great game?
In each of the last two seasons, the Buckeyes have been outclassed in the Bowl Championship Series title game, losing to Southeastern Conference powers Florida and Louisiana State.
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel called the Longhorns (11-1) “every bit as good as those teams we played the last two years.”
The Longhorns finished in a three-way tie atop the rugged Big 12 South and thought their 10-point victory over Oklahoma should have earned them the nod over the Sooners. But Oklahoma was declared the division winner on a BCS standings tiebreaker, and the Sooners ripped Missouri in the Big 12 title game to earn a trip to Miami for the national title game.
It will be a tough game this time for the Buckeyes, but they’ve had a lot of luck at the Fiesta Bowl over the years.