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Road to Game Day: Fiesta Bowl Pregame

Keith Arnold of Road to Game Day is at the Fiesta Bowl and will be posting from Glendale tonight. He swears he had nothing to do with those empty beer cans.
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↵Welcome to the Fiesta Bowl, or the bowl game better known as the Coronation of Disappointment! Two proud teams, both dealing with massive heartaches, face-off tonight to salvage something from this disappointing season. Ohio State, hoping to save face and end a streak of embarrassing BCS appearances, and Texas, hoping to find some sort of redemption from being left out of the Big 12 Championship and complete their argument for a fraction of the national title.
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↵University of Phoenix Stadium is shiny and new. The home of the past three Fiesta Bowls after replacing Sun Devil Stadium, the bowl game picked up and moved from their antiquated home in downtown Tempe for their new digs in suburban Glendale. While the new stadium certainly has all the bells and whistles a modern sports fan could want, the move would be like trading your old Malibu beach house for a palace in Daniel LaRussa’s neighborhood in Karate Kid. Maybe the Fiesta Bowl didn’t hire a realtor, because if it did, they’d have heard about the three important rules of real estate: Location, location, location.
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↵That said, if I’ve learned anything this season, it’s that location won’t ruin big-time college football fans enjoyment of a bowl game. And while this certainly isn’t the ending that either of these teams was looking for this season, this is definitely a glamour match-up of two heavyweight programs.
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↵While the suffocating Phoenix traffic robbed me of 2 extra hours of tailgating in the sprawling concrete parking lots, and the antiseptic nature of the surroundings kept things fairly tame today, there still was plenty of fun going on. And while 55 degrees and cloudy isn’t dream weather for the northern visitors from Ohio, it didn’t stop them from having a little fun.
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↵Just another reason why the Script Ohio is one of the best traditions in college football.
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