Pat Kinnison

Cowboys First Two Games on the Move

Oklahoma State's first two football games for next season are on the move to earlier days and will result in the Cowboys getting extra time to prepare for the first two road games of the season.

We first learned about this last week from an official in the Oklahoma State football office, but we were told to hold onto it until it became more certain. News has leaked and checking back with our source it is 90 percent certain that Oklahoma State's first two games for next season will move and will allow the Cowboys an extra day of recovery and/or preparation time for opponents number two and number three, road games at South Alabama and at Pittsburgh. The Cowboys opening game for the season at home against in-state rival Tulsa will be played on Thursday, Aug. 31 instead of Saturday, Spet. 2. The game will kickoff at night and will be nationally televised, most likely on one of the ESPN platforms. The next week the Cowboys travel to Mobile, Ala., to play South Alabama and will play the game on Friday, Sept. 8 rather than Saturday, Sept. 9. 

As a result, OKlahoma State will have eight days to prepare for game two after the Tulsa game. They will also have the extra day to prepare for a trip to Pittsburgh to play the Panthers at Heinz Field. That game will be on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The South Alabama game could wind up on a ESPN or possibly a Fox platform for broadcast. 

Oklahoma State has an excellent record on Thursday night games, but past Friday games include the 2011 loss at Iowa State and a loss at Troy in 2007.

Again, the moves are 90 percent certain, but have not been completely inked. 

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