1. 2009 Georgia at OSU: Yes, this is the biggest season opener in Cowboy history. OSU has its highest preseason ranking ever, 11th, and it coincides with 13th-ranked Georgia, one of the most tradition-rich powers ever to play in Stillwater.
2. 1985 OSU at Washington: Cowboys coming off a 10-2 season, ranked 16th, against the preseason No. 12 team. OSU won 31-17.
3. 2003 OSU at Nebraska: Expectations were high for the 24th-ranked Cowboys, who had a chance to make a statement against the supposedly down Huskers. But Nebraska won 17-7.
4. 1984 OSU at Arizona State: The Pat Jones era kicked off against the 12th-ranked Sun Devils, who were picked to win the national title by Sports Illustrated. The Cowboys dominated 45-3 and went on to a superb season.
5. 2007 OSU at Georgia: Cowboy teams had been to Tennessee, LSU and Florida, but never had OSU been to SEC territory with a competitive squad. This game didn't stay competitive; the 13th-ranked Bulldogs won 35-14.
6. 1941 OSU at OU: The ancient rivals have staged 103 football games, but only in '41 and '42 were they season openers. The Cowboys had lost six straight to the Sooners, then made it seven with a 19-0 defeat.
7. 2004 OSU at UCLA: The Bruins were down — and still are — but still. This was UCLA in the baby blue uniforms on the splendid grass of the Rose Bowl. And the Cowboys dominated, 31-20.
8. 1998 OSU at Kansas: The Bob Simmons era was at its apex after a breakout '97 season; hopes were high, especially if the Cowboys could get a conference road win out of the chute. They did, 38-28.
9. 1969 OSU vs. Arkansas at Little Rock: The Cowboys and Razorbacks played 32 times from 1943-80, but only four games were in Stillwater. Fourteen of those matchups were season openers, the biggest of which came when the Hogs were preseason No. 2 and OSU embarked on the Floyd Gass era, with loads of talent, led by star linemen Jerry Sherk, John Ward and John Little. Arkansas won 39-0.
10. 1995 Nebraska: The Bob Simmons era opened on ESPN Thursday night against an epic team, the '95 Huskers who went on to finish12-0 and beat Florida 62-24 in the Fiesta Bowl. OSU fell by about the same score, 65-21.