STILLWATER — It could be the biggest season opener in Oklahoma State history. When No. 13 Georgia visits No. 11 Oklahoma State on Sept. 5 at Boone Pickens Stadium, it will be the first time a Cowboy squad ranked in the top 15 hosts another top 15 team to open the season.
During Mike Gundy’s previous four seasons as head coach, OSU has played 16 games against ranked opponents, including 10 games in the past two seasons.
"It should help,” Gundy said. "You would think the more big games your players compete in and get a feel for the contact and atmosphere, (it) would help them over a period of time.
"Our guys have played in a number of big games, especially the last couple of years. So as a coaching staff we think those guys aren’t going to flinch.”
In 2008, the Cowboys played four top 15 teams while they were ranked in the top 15 and lost all four, including the Holiday Bowl loss to Oregon.
The experience gained— despite the losses — could be the difference against Georgia.
"We played in a lot of big games last year,” sophomore defensive end Richetti Jones said. "Some we pulled out, some we didn’t. That experience will help us a lot.”
With a team full of seasoned veterans, OSU has the talent and experience to match up with the tradition-rich SEC school.
"We are an experienced team with a lot of seniors and juniors who played last year,” senior running back Keith Toston said. "We have a lot of players who played in the’07 Georgia game and remember how they beat us down.