For OSU fans used to watching almost every football game on TV, don't get too comfortable in your easy chair waiting to see the Cowboys on the tube.
With the season opener only 16 days away, none of OSU's first three games has yet been picked up to air in Oklahoma. Last season, all but one of the Cowboys games (vs. Kansas) were televised.
The news for OU football fans is much better. The season opener at UTEP, at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1, has been picked up by FSN. Oklahoma officials expect to televise the home opener against Florida A&M at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 as part of the Big 12's Tier 3 TV regulations, which allows for one football game not selected by the networks to be televised outside the regular network window.
OSU opens the season at home against Savannah State at 6 p.m. Sept. 1. Athletic spokesman Kevin Klintworth said the Cowboys are considering televising that game as part of Tier 3, and not necessarily as a pay-per-view. He said the school hopes to make a decision by next week.
In the past 11 years, OSU has had only two pay-per-view telecasts, compared to 11 for OU. Schools generally don't resort to pay-per-view unless the event is sold out, and OSU has yet to sell out the expanded 60,218-seat Boone Pickens Stadium.
OSU's first road game will be at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Arizona, and will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. Cox Communications in Oklahoma is hoping to pick up the game from the network but has yet to reach an agreement. As of now, satellite subscribers would not be able to see the game as none of the major carriers — DirecTV, Dish or AT&T U-Verse — has reached a deal to carry the Pac-12 Network, which launched Wednesday.
The Cowboys' third game, a home game against Louisiana-Lafayette at 11 a.m. Sept. 15, also has not been picked up for telecast.
In recent years, all of OU's games have been televised. OU officials are expecting to keep that streak alive by televising the Florida A&M game, which was a late addition to the schedule after a nonconference game against TCU was scrapped when the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12.
“I think it will be televised in some fashion,” said Kenny Mossman, OU senior associate athletic director. “I just don't know how at this point.”
FSN might be the outlet if OU can reach an agreement with the network to carry the bulk of its sports programming. In early January, Sports Business Daily reported that OU was close to announcing a deal with Fox Sports Oklahoma and Fox Sports Southwest that would place more than 1,000 hours of OU Network-branded programming in a combined 8.6 million homes of the two networks.
Seven months later, nothing has come of those negotiations.
“We're still weighing options,” Mossman said. “I don't know when that's going to come to fruition.”