Sooners Pumped for 'Jerry's World'

The Oklahoma Sooners are excited to play their season opener against BYU in Arlington, Texas at the brand new Dallas Cowboy's football stadium...

Sooner fans have been talking about it since the matchup was announced.

The players have shown their excitement about it.

Heck, even OU head coach Bob Stoops said he's excited for the Sept. 5 opener against BYU, for obvious reasons.

Not only is it the first game of the year, but it will be the first ever regular season game—even before the Dallas Cowboys' season opener—to be played in the new stadium in Arlington.

"It looks really just, really special, so we are excited to compete in there," Stoops said about the stadium during last week's Big 12 media days.

Although he said he hadn't yet seen it in person, he has caught sight of it in another way.

"You know, I haven't had a chance to see it, [but] I have seen pictures here and there of what people have shown me when they have seen it, and it looks fabulous."

OU quarterback Sam Bradford said the rest of the team has seen their fair share of pictures of the new stadium as well.

"I know a bunch of the guys have seen some pictures," Bradford said. "We've heard some stories about it, and I think we are excited to see it and to get to play in it.

But even though it will be a big stage for a season opener, don't expect the Sooners simply to waltz into the dome in awe and leave their game 2 ½ hours north of the Dallas metroplex.

"I think it's safe to say, though, we don't want to—we're not just worried about—walking in and seeing it," Stoops said. "We want to play well."

If anything, playing in the great new stadium will provide even more momentum to play well.

"You know, I think there is a little added excitement, especially with all the attention that this stadium has received," Bradford said.

However, the scope of the game becomes yet even bigger than just breaking in a brand new stadium, considering the location.

"We have a great fan base down here in Dallas," Stoops said. "It's a huge recruiting base for us with the close proximity to Norman. So, there's a lot of great reasons to be down here in this game, and I know our fans are excited to come down for it."

The new stadium, which cost $1.15 billion to construct, will also play host to the newly revived Texas A&M-Arkansas series and the Cotton Bowl, when it is played in January.

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