PHOENIX, AZ -- Texas and Ohio State arrived today in Phoenix to
begin Fiesta Bowl preparations, and the Buckeyes didn't wish they
were somewhere else.
Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel says -- quote -- "We are so excited
to be here. For whatever reason, I'm more excited about this one
than any other game I've ever been a part of."
The third-ranked Longhorns (11-1) landed a few hours after Ohio
The Longhorns said they were looking forward to next Monday
night's meeting with the No. 10 Buckeyes (10-2) in nearby Glendale.
But if Texas had its druthers, its flight would have been bound
for South Florida, site of the Bowl Championship Series title game.
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 the
national title game.
On the day the BCS selections were announced, Texas coach Mack
Brown said it was time for his team to move forward. Today, his
players said they had done that.