OSU Releases 2012 Football Schedule

Oklahoma State released its 2012 football schedule on Tuesday morning and, at first glance, it appears the Cowboys have received a favorable draw.

The first thing that really jumps out is Oklahoma State hosts both Big 12 newcomers, getting TCU at Boone Pickens Stadium on Oct. 27 before Dana Holgorsen and West Virginia come to Stillwater on Nov. 10. Both are sure to be major draws for Cowboy fans.

The Cowboys open the season on Sept. 1 against Savannah State. When facing FCS opponents, most hope for a quality one but Savannah State doesn't appear to be one in 2012. The Tigers are coming off a 1-10 season complete with several lopsided losses, including 63-6 to Southeastern Louisiana and 59-3 to Bethune-Cookman.

The next game is on the road at Arizona on Sept. 8 for the Cowboys' third-straight season with a matchup against the Wildcats but this one will have a brand new look with Arizona's entirely new coaching staff.

OSU then hosts Louisiana for a second-straight season, having beaten ULL 61-34 in last year's season opener.

Then the Cowboys open up conference play in a favorable way, despite the opponent being the Texas Longhorns. OSU's two bye weeks fall on either side of this matchup as Texas heads to Boone Pickens Stadium for the first time since 2009 after suffering two losses in a row to the Cowboys in Austin.

Following another bye week, OSU heads to Kansas to face its new-look team under first-year coach Charlie Weis. OSU has won four consecutive meetings in Lawrence and beat KU 70-28 in Stillwater in 2011.

The Cowboys then have an intriguing two-game home stretch against Iowa State, the lone team to beat OSU in 2011, and Big 12 newcomer TCU, who enters the league coming off an 11-2 season. The Iowa State matchup is Homecoming in Stillwater.

The Cowboys head back on the road for a No. 3 matchup against Kansas State in a rematch of one of last season's most thrilling regular season games before returning home to face former OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and his defending Orange Bowl champion Mountaineers.

OSU hosts Texas Tech on No. 17 for senior night before finishing out the regular season with back-to-back road games against Bedlam rival Oklahoma (Nov. 24) and Baylor (Dec. 1).

"We're excited to have our schedule in place," coach Mike Gundy said. "We'll continue with the Big 12 format of playing everyone in the league, which presents challenges and opportunities for our team. Our fans will get to see some new opponents at home this year as we open with Savannah State and then host both TCU and West Virginia during conference play."

2012 Football Schedule

Savannah State — Sept. 1

@ Arizona — Sept. 8

Louisiana — Sept. 15

Texas — Sept. 29

@ Kansas — Oct. 13

Iowa State — Oct. 20

TCU — Oct. 27

@ Kansas State — Nov. 3

West Virginia — Nov. 10

Texas Tech — Nov. 17

@ Oklahoma — Nov. 24

@ Baylor — Dec. 1

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