Oklahoma State football considering 2013 game vs. Mississippi State in Houston

SCHEDULING — Oklahoma State is working towards upgrading its non-conference football schedule for 2013 by adding a game against Mississippi State in Houston.
by John Helsley Published: August 23, 2012

STILLWATER – Savannah State, the Cowboys’ Sept. 1 opponent, may represent the most mismatched opener in program history.

Next season’s opener could be much testier.

OSU is considering a possible matchup with Mississippi State, to be played at Reliant Stadium in Houston in the 2013 season opener, a source with knowledge of the potential matchup told The Oklahoman Thursday.

The Cowboys are weighing the pros and cons of playing a second nonconference game outside of Boone Pickens Stadium. Currently, OSU is set to play at Texas-San Antonio and home against Lamar.

The Mississippi State game offers a national television game and big payday against an SEC foe, to be played in an area that is both a recruiting target of the Cowboys and a home to many alums and fans and current players.

But it would also result in just one nonconference home game, which OSU officials – as well as local fans and merchants – may not prefer. Other options for a home opener are also being considered.

OSU and Mississippi State have played four times, splitting the games. Most recently, the Cowboys won 42-23 in Stillwater in 1998, before losing the return game in Starkville the following year, 29-11.

Under coach Dan Mullen, Mississippi State has improved, going 21-17 in his three seasons. The Bulldogs finished 7-6 a year ago, beating Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl.

That’s a major step up from Savannah State, a Division I-AA program that has won 20 games the last 12 seasons.

The game with Mississippi State, likely to be pegged for Aug. 31, would complete OSU’s nonconference schedule for 2013.

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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