OSU schedule analysis: 2011 a season of road tests for the Cowboys

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: August 29, 2011
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SEPT. 3 VS. LA.-LAFAYETTE

The Cowboys are 7-0 all-time against the Ragin' Cajuns. Win No. 8 should come easily. ULL has a new coach and has been picked to finish near the bottom of the Sun Belt Conference.


SEPT. 8 VS. ARIZONA

Once an attractive non-conference series, this matchup lost some shine when the Cowboys routed Arizona in last December's Alamo Bowl. Still, the Wildcats have elite offensive skill players, if no experienced offensive linemen.

SEPT. 17 AT TULSA

This game carries a scare factor, sandwiched between Arizona and A&M, with a 9 p.m. kickoff against the dangerous Golden Hurricane offense. This is a veteran TU team and one that would covet an upset.

SEPT. 24 AT TEXAS A&M

This game is nothing shy of momentous for the Cowboys when considering their unabashed title hopes. It's the big game on the schedule, maybe across the Big 12. It'll be a tough task at Kyle Field, although OSU has won the last three meetings.

OCT. 8 VS. KANSAS

The Jayhawks have fallen on hard times. And among a gauntlet of rugged road games, this will be a welcome exit to the rest area that is Boone Pickens Stadium before heading back out.

OCT. 15 AT TEXAS

OSU ended a long losing streak at Texas a year ago, but those 'Horns were hardly of standard UT stock. Will these be any better? The Cowboys still figure to have an edge in talent.

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