Smith, Gonzalez jump-start Buckeyes' season

Ohio State's win in Austin Saturday had some striking similarities to Texas' win over the Buckeyes in 2005. Ohio State hopes the final results are similar, too, writes Pat Forde.

Updated: September 10, 2006, 4:22 AM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

AUSTIN, Texas -- There are 10 games left before we know for sure, but it's possible that a national championship season started coming into sharp focus on a sweaty Saturday night in Austin.

Ohio State's 24-7 punishing of defending champ Texas might do for the Buckeyes what the game in Columbus last year did for the Longhorns. Texas bounced on that September springboard in the Horseshoe and it propelled Mack Brown's team all the way to Pasadena. We'll see whether Ohio State gets the same ...

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