Tuesday, December 9

Grab your goofy shoes and a case of Budweiser, we're going bowling!

The college football bowl schedule was announced this past weekend, and Ohio St is heading to a familiar place to face a familiar foe. On January 5, the Bucks will head to Glendale, Arizona to take on the Texas Longhorns in the Fiesta Bowl. This is OSU's fourth Fiesta Bowl appearance since 2003. In '03, the Buckeyes had one of the greatest upsets in National Championship history, beating a heavily favored Miami team in double OT. Ohio St came back to Glendale to beat Kansas St in '03 and roll Notre Dame in '05.

This is Ohio St's fourth consecutive BCS game, and sixth in the past seven seasons. Let's talk about how ridiculous this is. I think people are overlooking how much of a powerhouse this program has been in the last decade because of the eggs they laid in the last two National Championship games. The one non-BCS game in the last seven years was a 33-7 beatdown of Oklahoma St in the Alamo Bowl in Ted Ginn's coming out party.

Ohio St's opponent in this year's Fiesta Bowl will be Texas. Jim Tressel and Mack Brown are not strangers, as their teams met in 2005 and 2006. The '05 game was a heartbreaker for the Bucks, as Texas won 25-22 on a last minute touchdown from a pre-suicidal Vince Young to Limas Sweed. I remember, I was there. OSU got revenge the next year, beating the 'Horns in Texas, 24-7.

This matchup should be a good one, as Texas' high-powered offense goes up against Ohio St's shutdown defense. I was really happy when I saw that Texas was going to be our opponent. I think it should be a really good game, and one I think the Bucks can definitely win. It would be great to see Malcolm Jenkins and his fellow seniors go out on top, and even better to take the first step in erasing the memory of the last two bowl games.



Andy said...

Last year's BCS title loss was in Glendale as well.

Texas is a 10.5-point favorite.

Figgs said...

It may have been in Glendale, but it wasn't called the Fiesta Bowl, so it's completely irrelevant. Point spread smoint spread, the Bucks win after Jenks picks off Danny McCoy at least twice.

Andy said...

I'm aware of the name difference -Last year's game has the same relevance to this year's game as any other past OSU performance in the desert, which is: not much.

Hey, I'm all for the Buckeyes taking this one!