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OSU beefs up schedule
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Published: July 30, 2007

/> "We're looking at scheduling one premier game every year and backing that up with two or three other games that aren't at that level,” said associate athletic director Dave Martin.

"Then our goal is to get seven home games, three in non-conference, when possible.”

Besides preparing his team for Big 12 play, Gundy said tougher non-conference games have additional benefits.

"Since we don't have a warm-up game, our team has been very excited all summer,” Gundy said.

"By having Georgia in the opener, it's kept us focused in preparation for this game. It's a great opportunity for us.”

Another factor weighs into Gundy's and Holder's scheduling philosophy. Asked to pay more to sit in Boone Pickens Stadium, fans see more competitive games when teams like Georgia, Arizona, Purdue, Clemson and Washington State visit Stillwater.

"That's definitely part of it,” Gundy said. "We want games fans enjoy. It's good to have home-and-home series against teams that will generate interest.”

Traditional powers usually turn OSU down for home-and-home series. Martin, though, has struck enough deals with BCS opponents that the schedule the next 10 years is interesting.

"Coach Holder and I are on the same page,” Gundy said. "We want to schedule quality people in the future.”