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.
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