A Houston TV station is reporting that OSU and Mississippi State have reached a “tentative agreement” to play next season in Houston, a possible matchup first reported by The Oklahoman.
When contacted Tuesday, Cowboys athletic director Mike Holder responded in a text message: “We are still exploring our options.”
One possible concern for OSU is the removal of a potential home game from Boone Pickens Stadium. If the Cowboys open in Houston, their schedule would then feature six home and five road games, along with the neutral site clash.
The Big 12-SEC pairing, if finalized, would presumably pit the Cowboys and Bulldogs in the 2013 season opener on national television at Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans.
OSU has an opening for the first weekend of the season, with nonconference games set for the following two weeks: Sept. 7 at Texas-San Antonio (former Cowboys assistant Larry Coker's startup team); and Sept. 14 at home against Lamar.
Fox 26 Sports cited college football sources in its reporting, which links Lone Star Sports and Entertainment — a third-party event marketing company closely associated with the Houston Texans — as brokering the potential deal.
LSSE works with ESPN annually in holding the Meineke Car Care Bowl at Reliant Stadium.
VIDEO DOESN'T DISCOURAGE POKES
Once back in Stillwater, the Cowboys took a second look at their loss at Arizona.
It wasn't any more pleasant on tape.
Still, OSU running back Jeremy Smith said it didn't make the team think any less of themselves.
“After watching film, we're still the team we thought we were,” Smith said. “We have a lot of great talent, but we can't have those penalties. Those penalties pretty much killed us.
“As long as we fix that, we're still going to be the team that we believe we are. We can still get a Big 12 championship and a BCS bowl. We've just got to keep working.”
OPPONENT WATCH: ULL
Louisiana-Lafayette brings a familiar quarterback to Stillwater in Blaine Gautier. And a not-so-familiar, yet dangerous, one in backup Terrance Broadway.
Gautier, who ran for a touchdown against the Cowboys in a 61-34 loss a year ago, remains the Ragin' Cajuns' starter, although he was knocked out of last week's win at Troy with bruised ribs.
Broadway, a sophomore who sat out 2011 after transferring from Houston, came on to complete 10 of 16 passes for a 143 yards and a touchdown against Troy.
“This is still Blaine's team,” said ULL coach Mark Hudspeth. “He looked better in the locker room after the game. He was moving around pretty good. But if we need Terrance again, he'll be ready.”
MOTO-X COMING TO STILLWATER
Saturday's pregame activities outside Boone Pickens Stadium will include the KICKER Gameday Big Air Bash, an event featuring Moto-X riders performing bike tricks as well as other activities for kids and students.
The event will open at 8 a.m. at the Hall of Fame Block Party, north of the stadium. The motorcycle portion of the Big Air Bash will feature “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram and his “Steel Rodeo,” which includes Ronnie Renner, Matt Buyten and Adam Jones. The riders will perform flips and aerial tricks up to 70 feet off the ground. The four riders have combined for more than 20 X-Games medals in their careers.
The festivities will also include several vendors, face-painting for kids and students, posters, schedules, local businesses, product demos and more.
In the case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.