Jody Victor: Ohio State will face Texas for the third time in four years in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Jan. 5 in Glendale, Arizona. The game will mark just the third meeting all-time between the Buckeyes and Longhorns after the two teams faced each other in 2005 and 2006. Texas won, 25-22, in 2005 in Columbus and Ohio State, 24-7, the next year in Austin.
Ohio State has an 18-21 record in bowl games, dating back to the 1921 Rose Bowl, where the Buckeyes were defeated 28-0 by California. The Buckeyes have appeared in 11 different bowl games during their storied history. The Buckeyes are 4-2 in six BCS game appearances. Ohio State holds a 14-18 record in bowl games played on New Year's Day or later. Under Jim Tressel, Ohio State is 4-3 in bowl games.
The Buckeyes will be making their sixth appearance in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes have won four consecutive Tostitos Fiesta Bowl games. Coach Jim tressel will be making his fifth Fiesta Bowl appearance and his fourth as the head coach. He is 4-0 in Fiesta Bowl games, including a 31-24 double-overtime win over Miami in the 2003 national championship. He was the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs coach for the Buckeyes when they defeated Pittsburgh in the 1984 Fiesta Bowl.
The Buckeyes finished 10th in the final BCS poll released Dec. 8 and also in the Ap and Coaches polls. Texas finished No. 3 in all three polls.
Ohio State is one of only 15 teams in the nation to have 10 wins for the 2008 season. The Buckeyes are among 71 teams nationally that are bowl eligible, having reached Win No. 6 Oct. 11 against Purdue.
Ohio State will wear its white jerseys and use the west bench on game day. Texas will wear its dark jerseys and use the east bench on game day.