The long-discussed proposal to make the Oklahoma State-Texas Tech game a yearly meeting in Dallas has yet to yield any results, and OSU Athletics Director Mike Holder said there has been no change in the status of the game for next year. The heart of the debate had been over the location of the game — either the Cotton Bowl or the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium. Originally, the teams had hoped to play the game earlier in the season, possibly while the Texas State Fair was being held. But one of those weekends is held by the Oklahoma-Texas game and another was taken when Texas A&M and Arkansas signed a deal to play regularly in Dallas. Neither school favors the idea of playing a neutral-site game in mid-November, because of potential lost ticket sales. Complicating matters even more, both schools went forward filling their non-conference schedules for 2009. OSU’s bye week is set for Oct. 3, but Texas Tech is scheduled to play New Mexico that day. OSU will play all four non-conference games at home: Georgia (Sept. 5), Houston (Sept. 12), Rice (Sept. 19) and Grambling State (Sept. 26).
With high ranking comes high hooplaOSU coach Mike Gundy on the extra attention that comes with being a top-10 team: "I had some concerns three or four weeks ago when we started getting ranked and there were a lot of things going on other than the game. I’ve noticed in the situation we’ve been in the last month, there’s a lot of things going on on the side of the field and in pregame and postgame that I guess come with the territory. That’s new territory for me. I was not familiar with it. "I had some concerns about whether (the players) could stay focused on the game and not see everything else going on. But they seem to be doing OK.”
Tickets for Saturday aren’t cheapWith tickets already sold out for Saturday’s 7 p.m. game between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, ticket prices have been on the incline. TicketsNow.com reported an average price of $247, with cheap seats going for $97 and the most expensive tickets running $637. BY SCOTT WRIGHT