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Oklahoman Published: October 10, 2008
STILLWATER — Even if he had been given a choice, Bob Davie would be exactly where his bosses are sending him Saturday night: Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo.

"There are a lot of other good games this weekend, other big games between ranked teams, but this is the one I’d want to be doing,” said Davie, who will provide color commentary for ESPN2. "This game should be incredibly exciting.”

Beyond exciting, it’s becoming an incredibly important game for OSU, which has a chance to make a national statement. The game will be broadcast nationally in primetime, and media attention for both programs has gained steam throughout the week.

This is what OSU has been building toward, investing in coaches and facilities to draw better players and bigger crowds — and more national attention.

"Our kids have won five football games. They put themselves in this position,” said OSU defensive coordinator Tim Beckman.

"This is what you play college football for.”

By Scott Wright