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Oklahoma State, Mississippi State to meet in Houston?

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The hosting site for the upcoming Champions Bowl is still to be determined, but Dallas, New Orleans and Houston are among the cities that have formally submitted a bid. While H-Town may not land the bowl game — Dallas and New Orleans are considered the frontrunners — it may host a season-opening game between members of the Big 12 and SEC.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma State and Mississippi State could play a season opener in Reliant Stadium next year. It would be a one-time game rather than a series, and while it would promise a big payout and lots of exposure, the Cowboys already have one nonconference game (UT-San Antonio) on the road in 2013.

Both OSU and MSU have soft nonconference slates next year and scheduling the game would complete the season. The Cowboys also Lamar while the Bulldogs have UAB, Troy and Bowling Green.

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6 Responses to “Oklahoma State, Mississippi State to meet in Houston?”
  1. dmvtransplant says: Aug 24, 2012 11:29 AM

    Am I the only one that gets tired of watching D-1 teams play cupcakes? I mean last year the Oregon & WVU games LSU came up with were amazing to see on a Non-Conference schedule. I’m not a fan of their team at all, but scheduling real teams during the season is better than watching a 45 point blow out to a member of the Sun Belt.

    Better to risk a lose against a good program than win against a nobody.

    If you agree thumbs up, if you don’t thumbs down.

  2. tubaplayingprof says: Aug 24, 2012 11:57 AM

    I understand the argument about cupcakes, but with so many games on tv nowadays, viewers are assured of at least one “big” game every weekend. Many of the “cupcakes” depend upon the revenues that they get playing bigger schools. I know some one will point out that these school don’t “deserve” to be playing with the “big boys,” but without the current number of D1 schools, the big boys can’t only play against each other. Any fans of those “big” schools should keep in mind I believe that the “cupcake” games allow more players experience and coaches testing schemes, plays, etc. One more point: don’t be surprised if at least two of the four top Sun Belt coaches wind up in January with jobs at “big-boy” schools.

  3. floridacock says: Aug 24, 2012 12:01 PM

    The fans of the team losing a home game lose in these deals. Shamefull greed.

  4. dcroz says: Aug 24, 2012 12:38 PM

    As I have said before, scheduling is not nearly as simple as many would believe. Ohio State and Alabama, for example, cannot call each other this afternoon and have a home-and-home series worked out in five minutes. Both teams have to agree on dates; both teams have to agree on which team hosts first; both teams have to agree on locations (if one team has a “secondary” home site, the way Arkansas does in Little Rock and Alabama used to have at Legion Field in Birmingham, or if they are going to play a one-off neutral site game). Then the games have to fit within each team’s conference television contracts (this wrecked an Alabama-Notre Dame proposed series several years ago). And of course each team is going to want to look out for its own interests, and when one team’s best interest is the other team’s detriment, then it can all go down the tube.

    And incidentally, I remember about 25 or so years ago when many in the media were complaining that big-time schools were scheduling each other instead of the “little” schools, shutting them out of getting much-needed money and a chance to grow their own programs. So, there are going to be complaints regardless.

  5. rcbn says: Aug 24, 2012 12:59 PM

    Appalachian State 34 Michigan 32 is all I have to say about that!!!! 2007 at Michigan

  6. thefiesty1 says: Aug 24, 2012 5:00 PM

    Ok State should have been in the BcS championship game last year. Miss State is still near the bottom of the SEC. Kind of a mismatch trying to make it a marque game in Houston. Although Miss State could possibly beat A&M the next few years and get close to a decent team in the SEC West.

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