On September 10, 2005 the Ohio State Buckeyes and Texas Longhorns had never played against each other in each of the teams long and successful histories.
Texas was ranked second in the nation with a strong Heisman Trophy candidate in Vince Young.
Ohio State was ranked fourth and was a strong defensive powerhouse of a team with some uncertainty of who was going to play quarterback for them.
It was supposed to be one of the biggest games of the year, and it certainly was. It came down to a couple of late turnovers by Ohio State for the Longhorns to come from behind and for Vince Young to prove he had what it takes to win big games.
The final score was 25-22 in favor of Texas, but it wasn't a "gimme" game by any means. Vince Young was tested to the limit by the Buckeye defense led by A.J Hawk who had a big interception, and a couple of major hits on the Heisman candidate.
These teams would not see each other for another year. The Longhorns ended up beating the USC Trojans for the National Championship, and the Buckeyes beat the Fighting Irish in the Fiesta Bowl.
The following year the two teams met again on September 9, 2006 and a lot had changed from the previous season. Vince Young left early to be drafted by the Tennessee Titans and Ohio State had the Heisman candidate in Troy Smith.
Ohio State was ranked first and Texas second, and it was supposed to be another great game. Texas had the young offense going against the young defense of the Buckeyes, and whoever won that battle was assured to win.
It was all going the Longhorns way until the young linebacker James Laurinaitis caused a fumble and completely changed the game.
Troy Smith went 17 for 26 passing and threw for 269 yards being the biggest key in putting the Longhorns away. The final score being 24-7 in favor of the Buckeyes.
Once again one of the teams in this game made it to the National Championship, but unfortunately the results were different for the Buckeyes.
The next time these teams met was not in a regular season match-up, but in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Texas Longhorns were supposed to be playing in the National Championship, but the Oklahoma Sooners were sent instead so they faced the tenth ranked Buckeyes, being ranked third in the nation.
This was a game that came down to the wire. At half it seemed like anyone's game with a Buckeyes' lead of 6-3. But the Longhorns quickly scored two touchdowns in the third to make it appear that the Buckeyes would be crushed in their third consecutive bowl game.
The Buckeyes responded scoring two touchdowns of their own in the fourth, and if not for a phenomenal two minute drill by Colt McCoy scoring with five seconds left on the clock the Buckeyes may have upset the third ranked team.
In the two schools histories they're both on the top five list of most winningest programs, and I look forward to Texas being on the schedule more often for the future.
They have all been very great games, with even better players and this is a match-up that sports fans dream of.