ESPN will have its eyes on Cowboys, Aggies

by Gina Mizell Published: September 15, 2011

STILLWATER — This much we know.

Oklahoma State will travel to Tulsa for a late-night contest on Saturday, and Texas A&M will host Idaho.

If the Cowboys and Aggies each take care of an opponent they should beat, it will set up the monster September showdown at Kyle Field that college football followers (and, though they won't always admit it, players and coaches) have eyeballed for months.

It would be a matchup of two top-10 teams. The winner would set itself up as Oklahoma's biggest challenger for the Big 12 title and keep it in the conversation as a national championship contender. And the game involves two schools at the center of conference realignment talks.

Does that make it next week's biggest game in college football?

“It's must-see TV for the first time in a long time,” ESPN.com national columnist Mark Schlabach said. “It's two top-10 teams. It's two high-powered offenses. It's two great quarterbacks. I think it should be a very competitive and very entertaining game.

“I think it's definitely going to be the game of the week, and probably one of the biggest games, nationally, this season.”

But being the national game of the week hasn't always served the Cowboys well. Or the Aggies, for that matter.

The unofficial determinant of college football's premier matchup each week has become the presence of ESPN's College GameDay preview show, which began traveling to campuses for live broadcasts in 1993.

GameDay has been on-site for four OSU games — all Bedlam battles against OU — and the Cowboys are 0-4 in those contests. A&M is 0-3 with GameDay in the house, with the Aggies' last time being featured on the show coming in their 2006 home loss to OU.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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