Oklahoma State football: What to expect on Saturday in Houston

By Gina Mizell Modified: August 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm •  Published: August 29, 2013
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Mike Gundy has made his feelings known about playing Mississippi State on a neutral field in Oklahoma State's season opener. He's not exactly thrilled about the whole thing.

But if the Cowboys are going to start 2013 away from Boone Pickens Stadium, they might as well play in a city that features OSU banners greeting travelers at the airport.

Houston has become a bit of a second home for OSU, a prime recruiting ground and a place where the Cowboys captured a key bowl win more than a decade ago that helped spark their rise to national prominence under Les Miles and Gundy.

And Reliant Stadium should provide an exciting atmosphere Saturday afternoon, featuring the raucous ringing of cowbells from Bulldog fans, high tech video boards in an NFL stadium and the contrasting playing styles of the Big 12 and SEC.

Here's a guide to what the Cowboys can expect from the venue for Saturday's contest.

THE WORLD'S LARGEST REARVIEW MIRROR

Sometimes during the course of the game, a receiver, running back or returner glances up while streaking down the field, using the stadium's video board to determine where potential tacklers are located behind him.

Oklahoma State and Mississippi State players won't have any trouble doing that Saturday, as Reliant Stadium in Houston recently unveiled the world's largest rearview mirror — aka the longest video board in all the land.

The $16.5 million project put two high definition mega boards above each end zone, each measuring 277.17 feet by 52.49 feet. The massive screens leave plenty of room to display live action, stats, replays, advertisements and other pertinent game info, all in one place.

The new boards naturally spark a comparison to those found at “JerryWorld,” the Dallas Cowboys' recently renamed AT&T Stadium. And there are a few key differences.

The entire area of the boards at AT&T Stadium can be used for live action and replay, while only the center part of the boards (measuring 119 feet by 52.5 feet) at Reliant Stadium can be used for those elements.

Additionally, the boards at AT&T Stadium are situated above the action at the center of the field, rather than above the end zones. That may give many fans a better view, but won't allow those players breaking away in the open field to sneak a glance at the defenders they're leaving behind.



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