BUCKEYE BUZZ \ Ohio State football
Smith unconvinced: QB Troy Smith has the utmost respect for the Texas Longhorns. He's just not so sure that WR Limas Sweed was inbounds when he made a dramatic 24-yard diving catch from Vince Young with 2:37 remaining to give them a 25-22 victory a year ago at Ohio Stadium. "I saw it on the Jumbotron, so I could see it all," Smith said Tuesday. "I didn't think he caught it; I STILL don't think he caught it. But it was a great play that he made. That situation happened for a reason, that he made that catch, that that official made that call, for whatever reason. We can't really think about last year. We have to think about now and this week's game."No. 1 facts: Texas is 4-0 in games involving No. 1 vs. No. 2, and has gone on to win The Associated Press poll title each time. Also, this will be the first time that a No. 1 vs. No. 2 game has been played at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.Forget a repeat: Texas coach Mack Brown has told his team not to think about the mounting pressure that comes with trying to repeat a national championship, noting only two teams have done it (Nebraska 1994-'95) and Southern California (2003-'04) since 1980. "It doesn't mean you can't, but quit talking about it until you've earned the right to play for another one," Brown said.To be determined: OSU coach Jim Tressel said it is still unknown if receiver Roy Hall (leg muscle) will be available for the Texas game. "I'd say it's up in the air," Tressel said. "I'm not sure we'll know the answer to that one until Thursday."
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