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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
By my count, we are at 171 days and counting until the opening Saturday of the college football season -- Sept. 5.
BYU players can't wait for their opportunity on that date when they will meet Oklahoma in the first college game played at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Cougars' opening game of the season was a prime topic of discussion as the team began spring practice earlier this week. Quarterback Max Hall is particularly anticipating the challenge of playing against the Sooners, who return nine defensive starters from last season.
"You want to play everybody you can and to have the opportunity to go play Oklahoma is a big-time deal," Hall told the Salt Lake City Deseret News. "Especially playing in a brand new stadium in Texas is a sweet way to open up a season. We're absolutely looking forward to it and preparing like crazy for it to see if we can give those guys a run. Maybe come out with a win, maybe not. But it's going to be a fun game."
Like Oklahoma, the Cougars also lost four senior starting offensive linemen from last season. So the defenses might be able to give both offenses a challenge in this game.
Here's another little item that might perk up the attention of Oklahoma fans.
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall told the Deseret News that the Cougars might skip their spring game at LaVell Edwards Stadium on April 11 in favor of spending the final week of work on preparing for the Sooners.
The field at the stadium is undergoing some work, but Mendenhall said the time might be better served preparing for BYU's opener.
"There's a great chance -- a great chance -- that the spring game won't be held, period. I'm a traditionalist and LaVell Edwards Stadium is where the spring game ought to be," Mendenhall told the Deseret News "With the field under construction, I haven't quite come to terms with the idea of playing it elsewhere. Most likely, that won't change and we might end up starting to work on our first opponent the first week of practice, knowing the stadium won't be available. Most likely, we won't hold the game."
Another couple of tidbits about that opening game were released earlier this week. Ticket prices for the OU-BYU game will range from $50 to $150 at the new stadium, with parking set at $38 per vehicle, the Dallas Morning News reported.
That top ticket price doesn't match what will be commanded for other college games at the new stadium this season. The Arkansas-Texas A&M game will have a maximum ticket price of $300 and the Cotton Bowl will top out at $250.