Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ohio State and Texas will attempt to beat one another into the sod tonight, but the two storied programs have found common ground throughout the week leading up to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Fox, 8 p.m. ET).
Since the teams' first meeting in 2005, head coaches Jim Tressel and Mack Brown have discussed the similarities between the programs and universities, starting with location. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Columbus, Ohio, is ranked 15th nationally in population (711,470), one spot ahead of Austin, Texas (656,562).
"We did feel like being in the capital, being like a pro team in town, the jobs were different and construed differently than some others in our league and some others that we played again," Brown said. "But at the same time, they are very unique and a lot of fun."
There are also plenty of parallels on the field. Here's a closer look: