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Sunday, January 4, 2009
Tressel, Buckeyes feeling loose before bowl

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The term "loose" doesn't seem to fit a guy whose trademark outfit is a sweater vest, but Ohio State's Jim Tressel might be the more relaxed head coach come Monday night.

His Texas counterpart, Mack Brown, thinks so.

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 Jim Tressel says there is something special about this group of Ohio State seniors.

Brown admitted this morning that Texas has more pressure heading into Monday's matchup in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Fox, 8 p.m.). The Longhorns are heavy favorites who can strengthen their argument for a national championship with a win against the Buckeyes, a team most are counting out.

"You'll see a loose Jim Tressel who's going to go for it," Brown said.

Tressel sounded fine with that assessment.

"Oh, I'm loose," Tressel said. "I think about the opportunity, especially for our 28 seniors, you do want to let it all hang out. You're not going to hold anything in reserve."

Compared to the charismatic Brown, Tressel was fairly reserved during his pre-bowl news conference. Here are some of the highlights: