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Oklahoma State football: Schedule quirk makes neutral-site game more feasible

by Berry Tramel and John Helsley Published: August 24, 2012

Seemingly, one apparent stumbling block to Oklahoma State taking a 2013 neutral site game against Mississippi State in Houston was that it would leave the Cowboys with only five home games.

Then this scheduling quirk came to light: TCU will play at Boone Pickens Stadium both this year and next. And the return visit next season will push the home schedule back to six, making the potential for playing in Houston more feasible.

Why back-to-back TCU trips to Stillwater? The Horned Frogs, upon joining the Big 12, inherited Texas A&M's schedule, which had been adjusted a year ago when the Aggies sought relief to accommodate seven home games.

When A&M signed a contract to play Arkansas in Arlington, the Ags were left with just two nonconference home games. OSU agreed to switch, but with the payback that A&M would play in Stillwater in both 2012 and 2013.

Now it's TCU taking their place.

The scheduling of the 10-team Big 12 format had been lengthy. More than 1,000 models were considered. Rather than go back and start from scratch, TCU just inherited A&M's schedule and West Virginia took over Missouri's. Unfortunately for TCU, the Frogs were stuck with playing in Stillwater two straight years.

So the Cowboys, who won the Big 12 last season despite playing only four conference home games, get five league home games two straight years.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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