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OSU football: Cowboys are in high cotton

Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf says playing in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium is the closest thing to a BCS bowl.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: January 2, 2014 at 9:36 pm •  Published: January 3, 2014


photo - Oklahoma quarterback Clint Chelf talks to reporters during the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic media day on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Missouri will play Oklahoma State in the annual bowl game on Friday.  (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
Oklahoma quarterback Clint Chelf talks to reporters during the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic media day on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Missouri will play Oklahoma State in the annual bowl game on Friday. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Brandon Sheperd sat on the blue and silver star at midfield, the splendor of Jerry World rising all around him.

Then, he snapped photos.

Then, he lay back on the turf and just gazed up at the bottom of the Jumbotron hanging above him.

If not for Oklahoma State's team buses loading up and heading out at the end of its Cotton Bowl media day earlier this week, the sophomore receiver might still be there soaking up the grandeur.

Yes, AT&T Stadium is a big deal.

And it's about to become even bigger.

OSU and Missouri will meet there Friday night in the Cotton Bowl, the stadium's first event of the new year. Over the next year and a bit, the venue will host two of the biggest events in sports — the Final Four and the first-ever national title game in college football's new playoff format.

“Whoever's fortunate enough to come here next year,” Cowboy defensive tackle Calvin Barnett said, “they're gonna love it.”

The Cowboys and Tigers sure have this week as they've prepared for the game. Missouri practiced at the stadium since arriving on Saturday, and after a few days of practice at Euless Trinity High School, OSU moved its practices to the home of the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday.

“The first time I walked out here for our first practice, it was like a chicken in the rain,” Missouri offensive lineman Max Copeland said. “I was just like looking up the entire time, and coach is like, ‘Max, stop.'

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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