Tostitos Fiesta Bowl preview
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Here's a quick look at tonight's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl matchup between No. 3 Texas (11-1) and No. 10 Ohio State (10-2).
WHO TO WATCH: Ohio State's 28 seniors finish a truly unique career tonight, but the spotlight will be on junior running back Chris "Beanie" Wells, who likely plays his final collegiate game. If Wells finds running room against Texas, Ohio State will control the clock and keep the high-powered Longhorns offense off the field. These are the types of games that bring out the best in Wells, but he'll need his offensive line to play its top game of the season. If tonight's contest looks anything like Ohio State's Oct. 25 loss to Penn State, in which Wells rushed for only 55 yards, the Buckeyes will get blown out.
WHAT TO WATCH: The game will be won at the line of scrimmage, particularly when Ohio State's offense and Texas' defense are on the field. Longhorns All-American defensive end Brian Orakpo goes up against Ohio State standout left tackle Alex Boone in one of the game's key matchups. Sacks have been a problem at times for Ohio State this season, and Texas leads the country in that category (3.67 per game). On the other side, Ohio State's improved defensive line must put pressure on Texas star quarterback Colt McCoy, who completes 77.6 percent of his passes.
WHY TO WATCH: Both teams have something to prove, and that's rare in bowl games. Texas is fueled by getting snubbed from the BCS title game and could help its cause for a split national championship with a convincing win against Ohio State. Should the Longhorns roll and Oklahoma scrapes past Florida, there might be a split. Ohio State tries to restore its damaged national reputation after back-to-back blowout losses in the championship game. The Buckeyes unfairly take most of the blame for the Big Ten's downfall -- Michigan has a lot to do with it, too -- but they can help themselves and the league with an upset victory.