Tony Lindsay's shoulder has been the subject of much talk. Rumors are rampant on the radio and Internet that Lindsay might not start tonight.
But OSU sources say Lindsay will start. However, don't be surprised if Aso Pogi plays early in the game. The redshirt freshman from Lawton has been impressive in pre-season drills.
Under the current contract, Tulsa is committed to one more game in the series -- in Stillwater. After that, however, don't look for a new deal between the two any time soon.
The Cowboys were already contemplating the value of the game when TU coach Keith Burns went off on his mid- summer manifesto.
Now OSU officials are figuring they don't need the Golden Hurricane.
Future non-conference schedules are beginning to take shape.
UCLA has already been announced as a Lewis Field visitor for 2002, and Wyoming has been added to next year's home schedule, with a return trip due to Laramie in 2002.
The Cowboys, who play at Southern Mississippi next season, also have home-and-home deals with SMU and Fresno State beginning in the next two or three years.
The OSU offensive line finally looks like the unit expected all along.
Through much of preseason camp, the line featured backups in key roles, with Kyle Eaton hurt and Bryan Phillips scratching his way out of the doghouse after missing most of the offseason workouts.
Yet when the first depth chart was released earlier this week, Eaton was back as the No. 1 left tackle and Phillips was the starter at right guard.
"It came together last week, actually," senior tackle Josh Lind said with a sly grin. "I figured it would be happening, I didn't know when."
The OSU debut of wide receiver Lawson Giddings continues to be placed on hold.
Giddings, a former high school All-American at McAlester, first was detoured on his path to Stillwater by academic shortcomings, sending him to Northeastern A&M. Now, a leg injury and backlog of talented young receivers have him likely set for redshirt duty.
So far, LSU has only inquired about the interest of Terry Don Phillips for its soon- to-be-vacant athletic director post. Should the Southeastern Conference school get more serious, Phillips will have to listen.
A more pressing concern for the Cowboys' athletic department, however, is Iowa State's search for an AD, which could center on OSU associate athletic director Dave Martin. An Iowa State grad and a national wrestling champion for the Cyclones in 1970, Martin would be interested in going home.
If tonight's game isn't a sellout, consider it an embarrassment for TU fans. And OSU
fans. Tulsa should fill Skelly
Stadium for a home opener in a
bold new era against an in-state
rival. But with tickets available,
Cowboys fans should have
scooped them up for the short
drive to Tulsa.
Tony and Gabe Lindsay only exchanged a "few thousand" passes in their backyard growing up.
"Maybe more than that," Tony said.
Now, they're looking forward to hooking up with a little more at stake.
Gabe, a sophomore, has emerged as one of OSU's most consistent receivers and could become a favorite target of big brother, a fifth-year senior.
"It's really cool," Tony said. "We did it in high school one year, and now we're getting to do it again."
If the Lindsays become a regular tandem, it won't be because Gabe is getting preferential treatment. According to
Tony, he's earned the opportunity: "It was just a matter of
time. He had to mature and
learn the offense and learn how
things are run on this level.
Now that he's at that point, he's
stepping up like he has to."
Scouting ahead Bob Simmons, with his Cowboys off, worked his TV remote control like a regular couch potato last Saturday.
One game of particular interest -- Southern Mississippi's tight 19-16 loss at Tennessee. The Golden Eagles, who visit OSU on Sept. 23, shattered their stigma as a grinding running team, getting only 37 yards from touted back Derrick Nix, but 232 yards and two touchdowns passing out of quarterback Jeff Kelly, who completed 22 of 30 attempts.
The schedule doesn't get easier for Southern Miss, which
after taking this weekend off,
travels to Alabama next week,
then into Stillwater.
Living on Tulsa time
Cowboys tight end/wide receiver Marcellus Rivers has enjoyed his personal matchups with Tulsa.
Rivers recorded his first career touchdown against the Golden Hurricane two years ago, then stung TU for two more scores last year in Stillwater.
In the two games, Rivers has
six catches for 63 yards and
three of his eight career TDs.