SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes and the No. 3 Texas Longhorns are just two days away from meeting for the third time in their storied histories and the third time in the last four years. The setting is the 38th Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the site is the University of Phoenix Stadium (cap. 73,000), located in Glendale, Ariz. Game time is 8 p.m. EST (6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time).
Not much to report from the practice fields. Saturday in Scottsdale was a no-media day. The team practiced for about 90 minutes in “shells” at Pinnacle High School, opting for an early afternoon workout vs. the late morning workouts that has been the norm to date.
So with no audio clips available today, let’s take a look at the basic facts about the game Monday night.
TV FOX will carry the game nationally with Matt Vasgersian, Tim Ryan, Laura Okmin and Chris Myers describing the action.
Team Jerseys Ohio State will wear its white jerseys and use the west bench. Texas will wear its dark burnt orange jerseys and use the east bench.
Series History The series between the two schools is tied at one win apiece. The Longhorns won the first meeting, 25-22, on Sept. 10, 2005, in Columbus, while the Buckeyes won the second meeting, Sept. 9, 2006 in Austin, 24-7.
This Season Ohio State is 10-2 and earned a share of the Big Ten Conference championship, its fourth consecutive outright or shared Big Ten title. Texas is 11-1, its eighth consecutive season of 10-or-more victories.
BCS Bowls Ohio State is 4-2 in BCS bowl games while Texas is 2-0.
Fiesta Bowls Ohio State is making its sixth appearance in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and has won four consecutive Tostitos Fiesta Bowl games. Texas defeated Penn State, 38-15, in its only previous Tostitos Fiesta Bowl appearance, Jan. 1, 1997.
Ohio State Fiesta Bowl Results
Dec. 26, 1980 Penn State 31, Ohio State 19
Jan. 2, 1984 Ohio State 28, Pittsburgh 23
Jan. 3, 2003 Ohio State 31, Miami 24 (2OT)
Jan. 2, 2004 Ohio State 35, Kansas State 28
Jan. 1, 2006 Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20
The Coaches Ohio state coach Jim Tressel is 4-0 in prior Fiesta Bowls, including a 31-24 double overtime win over Miami to win the 2003 national championship. He was the Ohio State quarterbacks, receivers and running backs coach for the Buckeyes when they defeated Pittsburgh in 1984. Tressel is 4-3 in all bowl games and 83-18 in his eighth season at Ohio State.
Texas’ Mack Brown is coaching in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for the first time. He has guided Texas to four consecutive bowl wins a school first and he is guided Texas to 11 consecutive bowl games in his 11 years as coach. He is 114-26 at Texas and 87-15 the last eight seasons.
Return Plans The Buckeyes will charter back to Columbus following the game Monday night with an early Tuesday morning arrival planned (as long as there are no delays).
One more thing: there were clouds in the sky today…a six-day first.
Team Visits Stadium Tomorrow
Ohio State concluded its game preparation at Pinnacle High School Saturday. Sunday, the Buckeyes will conduct a walk-through at the University of Phoenix Stadium at 1 p.m. The walk-through is closed to the media. Coach Jim Tressel will take part in one final press conference Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Camel Back Inn and Resort Spa. Texas coach Mack Brown will be at the podium at 8:30 a.m.