Fiesta Bowl would welcome Buckeyes again

December, 2, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State fans might have Phoenix-area hotels in their speed dial by now after their beloved Buckeyes made trips to the Fiesta Bowl or the BCS National Championship Game in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

There's a strong chance Buckeye Nation will be heading back to the desert when the BCS bowl selections come out Sunday night. Ohio State appears to be in good shape for a BCS at-large berth, and the Fiesta Bowl looks like the choice destination.

Despite hosting Ohio State so often, the Fiesta Bowl is open to welcoming Jim Tressel and crew again this year.

Here's what Fiesta Bowl president John Junker told The Columbus Dispatch regarding Ohio State's chances:

"Can you have too much of a good thing? I guess it's possible. But we look at every game as a new experience. There are new players every year, and Ohio State is always someone people love to have in bowl games." ...

He also discounts the school of thought that Ohio State is less attractive to BCS games after two straight losses in national title games.

"Different team, different year," Junker said.

To restate the obvious, this is a critical postseason for the Big Ten, and no team needs a victory more than Ohio State. The Buckeyes have done very well outside the national championship spotlight, and a Fiesta Bowl win against a fellow powerhouse like Texas would go a long way toward restoring the team's national reputation.

It also would solidify the legacy of a senior class that has dominated Michigan and the Big Ten but flopped several times on the national stage.

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