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August 30, 2009

Commentary: Answers will be revealed Saturday

One week from today the future of the 2009 Oklahoma State football team will have been shaped.

One week from today this sports section will be filled with stories and photos and analysis from the Oklahoma State-Georgia football game right here in Stillwater.

One week from today we’ll either be talking about the Cowboys as a Big 12 and national championship contender or a program still learning how to win the big one.

Make no mistake about it. Next Saturday’s game at Boone Pickens Stadium between the ninth-ranked Cowboys and the 13th-ranked Bulldogs will go down as the biggest season opener in OSU football history. Let me repeat that. The biggest season opener in OSU football history.

How can it not?

First, at No. 9 Oklahoma State is ranked the highest the program has ever been prior to the start of the season. Second, OSU has started a season only eight other times against an opponent ranked as high or higher than Georgia, and none of those game have been played in Stillwater.

And third, we here in Oklahoma aren’t the only ones taking notice of this game.

The contest will be nationally televised by ABC in its prime 2:30 p.m. slot. Sports Illustrated put the Cowboys on their preseason publication cover and picked the Pokes as one of a few sleeper teams to make a national-championship run. And ESPN had OSU coach Mike Gundy on its Bristol, Conn., campus for an entire day to talk about his Cowboys. You don’t get that treatment unless somebody thinks you’re going to be pretty good.

Folks, there are two games that will have the interest of the entire nation as college football starts next Saturday. Virginia Tech versus Alabama is one. Georgia versus Oklahoma State is the other.

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