Backfield In Motion

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College football season has arrived, and sports news has been flooded with stories counting down to Sept. 1 – the first day of the season for the Big 12 and other conferences.

Journalists and fans have been sizing up the field’s contenders to see which starters could go down in legend and which seemingly anonymous players look clear for a breakout year. Most, however, have been asking questions: Is University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops worthy of his big salary? Can Sooner quarterback Landry Jones make the magic happen as a senior? Will University of Tulsa’s Golden Hurricane keep its hard-fought momentum built upon a slow start in fall 2011? Will true freshman Wes Lunt be able to pick up for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys where former starting quarterback Brandon Weeden left off?

In a state where weddings are planned around the season schedule and where even hunter orange can be a fashionable color, college football is in a perpetual state of having everything to gain and, yet, everything to lose – let the fan pandemonium begin.

The OSU Cowboys have the honor of playing the opening season game on its home field when they welcome the Savannah State University Tigers to T. Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. OU will play at the University of Texas El Paso on Sept. 1, but returns to Norman and the OU Gaylor Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to play Florida A&M University on Sept. 8. TU also will visit the away team when it goes against Iowa State University on opening day, but returns to the TU H.A. Chapman Stadium to face Tulane University on Sept. 8. For tickets and complete schedules, visit www.okstate.com, www.soonersports.com or www.tulsahurricane.com

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