Buckeyes, Longhorns preparing for next week's Fiesta Bowl game

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Texas and Ohio State have arrived to begin Fiesta Bowl preparations, and the Buckeyes didn't wish they were somewhere else.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel says he's more excited about this game than any other game he's ever been a part of.

The third-ranked Longhorns also said all the right things about looking forward to next Monday night's meeting with the No. 10 Buckeyes in Glendale.

Texas has an 11-1 record while Ohio State is 10-2.

This is only the third meeting of the tradition-laden powers, with Texas winning in Columbus in 2005 and Ohio State taking the rematch in Austin one year later.

The Buckeyes are making their sixth Fiesta Bowl appearance and fifth postseason trip to the Phoenix area since 2002.

Ohio State has won four straight Fiesta Bowls, claiming the national title in the Fiesta after the 2002 season.

This is Texas' third BCS game and second trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

The Longhorns lost to Penn State 38-15 in Tempe after the 1996 season.