Jody Victor: Ohio State and Texas meet again this week. And Like last year when the Longhorns came away with a 25-22 win over the Buckeyes in Columbus, in the inaugural meeting between the two football powerhouses, there is plenty on the line.
Both teams are coming off solid opening day performances. Ohio State opened the 2006 campaign with a 35-12 win over visiting Northern Illinois. Led by quarterback Troy Smith, the Buckeyes scored on their first four possessions and raced out to a commanding 28-0 lead. Smith threw touchdown passes on each of the Buckeyes' first three possessions and finished the day by completing 18 of 25 passes for 297 yards. Texas got out of the gate with a 56-7 thumping of North Texas in Austin as freshman quarterback Colt McCoy made his debut as the successor to Vince Young.
Jim Tressel's Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 in both polls and have won eight-consecutive starts. The second-ranked Longhorns of Mack Brown are defending national champions and have reeled off 21 victories without a defeat. Additionally, the Longhorns have won 18 of their last 19 games in Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Saturday's kickoff in Austin is set for 8:12 p.m. EDT and will be televised nationally by ABC. A crowd of more than 85,000 is expected to pack the stadium for the game that has had fans from both schools buzzing since last year's classic. In addition to ABC, College Game Day will originate its broadcast from Austin.
This will be the first regular-season showdown between a No. 1 and No. 2 team since second-ranked Florida State upended No. 1 ranked Florida 24-21 in Tallahassee in November 1996.