Snubbed by BCS, Longhorns have point to make against Ohio State in Fiesta Bowl

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- If third-ranked Texas had a choice, it would be in Miami preparing to face Florida for the BCS title.

But the Longhorns still have plenty of motivation against 10th-ranked Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl tonight at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Snubbed in their bid for a slot in the Bowl Championship Series title game, the Longhorns will try to take their frustrations out on the Buckeyes, who have made their fifth bowl trip to Arizona since 2002.

The Longhorns are 11-1 and finished in a three-way tie atop the rugged Big 12 South.

They thought their 10-point victory over Oklahoma should have put them in the Big 12 title game. But Oklahoma was declared the division winner on a BCS standings tiebreaker, and the Sooners ripped Missouri in the Big 12 playoff to earn a trip to the national title game.

The Longhorns still have a shot at a national title, but it's slender.

Either Oklahoma or Florida will claim the BCS national title.

But the 65 pollsters who vote in The Associated Press Top 25 are free to select the Longhorns No. 1.

Texas will have no shot if they don't take care of the Buckeyes, who enter the game with a 10-2 record.

Ohio State hasn't been in the national title discussion since a 35-3 walloping at USC on Sept. 13.