All eyes will be on Arlington on Saturday night as Oklahoma State faces the returning national champion at AT&T Stadium to kick off the 2014 season. The game will be nationally broadcast on ABC.
The question to coach Mike Gundy: Will that provide a boost to recruiting efforts?
The answer: Not much, at least not this early in the season.
“Television coverage, television exposure may be an advantage in recruiting,” Gundy said during Monday’s Big 12 media teleconference. “But as it goes on and you get in the fall later in recruiting, games that are played earlier in the year ... the players, they don’t really think much (about the early season games).”
If you apply Gundy’s thinking to the Cowboys’ late-season schedule, then their Nov. 22 matchup against Baylor figures to be an important game in the recruiting landscape.
The Cowboys have 69 players on the roster from Texas, many of which receive recruiting interest from the Bears.
High school athletes from the area targeted as future OSU players will undoubtedly be tuned in to what will likely be a nationally televised game.
DVR ALERT: ESNPU GIVEN INSIDE ACCESS FOR FALL CAMP TV SPECIAL AIRING TUESDAY NIGHT
Gundy opened the doors to an ESPN camera crew during fall camp to document a day in the life of a Cowboy football player.
The results are set to air 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on ESPNU.
The show will feature player-guided tours of the football facilities and training room, as well as Gundy and assistant coaches mic’d up during practice and in meetings.
FLORIDA STATE RELEASES DEPTH CHART
Gundy has kept quiet regarding his depth chart entering week one. Apparently, Jimbo Fisher doesn’t have anything to hide.
The Florida State coach made his starters and backups known to the media on Monday. Five takeaways from the FSU depth chart:
1. The Seminoles have seniors starting at every position on the offensive line.
2. Across the board, five sophomores are slated to start and zero freshmen.
3. The most inexperienced position group appears to be wide receiver, where three freshmen and two sophomores are in the mix for playing time.
4. Every starting position is solidified and four position groups (SS, Z-WR, X-WR, TB) each have two players listed as potential backups.
5. Eleven players listed as starters hail from Florida. Unlike OSU, no players from Texas are listed on the depth chart. However, outside linebacker Mario Edwards Jr. played for Denton Ryan High School in the Dallas area.
TWO COWBOYS AMONG THOSE CUT FROM NFL ROSTERS MONDAY
The NFL dreams of two former OSU football players hit a speed bump Monday as it was announced they had been released.
Kicker Quinn Sharp was waived from the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Philadelphia Eagles let go safety Daytawion Lowe.
Sharp, at OSU from 2009 to 2012, is the Cowboys’ all-time leader in field goal percentage (84.7 percent) and average yards per punt (45.89 yards).
Lowe, at OSU from 2009 to 2013, was the Cowboys’ second-leading tackler last season (87).
NFL teams must have their rosters cut to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon.