Dallas Colleges: 2010 Cowboys Classic

College GameDay's TCU-Oregon St. preview

September, 3, 2010

Erin Andrews, Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit take a look at what to expect at Saturday's TCU-Oregon State game at Cowboys Stadium.

Stephen Jones: More games to come

August, 18, 2010
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, on a conference call Tuesday to promote the Sept. 4 Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium, the college football opener that pits TCU against Oregon State, said he ultimately wants more college football games played at JerryWorld each season than Cowboys games.

The stadium will host four major college football games this season, one shy of last year's total during the mammoth venue's inaugural season (the Texas Tech-Baylor game, at Cowboys Stadium last year, is at the Cotton Bowl this season). This year's slate again includes the Dec. 4 Big 12 championship, the league's final title game before it drops to 10 teams for the 2011 season.

While that means Cowboys Stadium will lose a marquee matchup, Jones said he foresees no problem attracting more games and a large number of them.

"I can tell you that we’re always going to be very aggressive in terms of our approach to hosting these games," Jones said. "We believe this is a hotbed for football. I think schools like to be in our area, playing in front of all the potential players that could be recruits for those schools. Even though right now it doesn’t look like there’s going to be a Big 12 championship game played, we think in due time those things take care of themselves and we’re going to have many opportunities to host games."

He's probably right. In 2013, Notre Dame will play Arizona State and rumors abound that Alabama and Michigan are working on a deal to play underneath the enormous JerryWorld video board in 2012.

Those games are likely just the beginning of annual pilgrimages for other major conference schools seeking to gain a foothold in Texas' fertile recruiting grounds, the main reason why Jones said he has not and will not lobby the Big 12 to reconsider its stance and push to continue the title game.

"We obviously respect our relationships with these people and it’s certainly not our place to tell them how to run their business," Jones said. "We just think in due time that there’s going to be a lot of great football to be played in college and a lot of it played in the North Texas area, and because we have the building that we have we think it’s going to be a natural to host these games and eventually we’ll get the number of games that we want to have."

The 2010-11 college football schedule at Cowboys Stadium:
Sept. 4: TCU vs. Oregon State, 6:45 p.m.
Oct. 9: Texas A&M vs. Arkansas, TBA
Dec. 4: Big 12 championship, 7 p.m.
Jan. 7: Cotton Bowl, 7 p.m.

TCU will again don special Nike uniforms

August, 17, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, TCU coach Gary Patterson hinted that the Horned Frogs would break out a special uniform again this season and quite possibly in the Sept. 4 season opener against Oregon State at Cowboys Stadium.

TCU has again been selected as one of 10 programs to wear uniquely designed Nike uniforms for at least one game. In fact, both teams could be wearing the uniforms in the opener at Cowboys Stadium since the Beavers were also included the group of 10.

It's not a given either team will break out the new duds then -- although it would make the most sense with the game being televised nationally on ESPN. The dates of those games that the teams will wear the uniforms will be announced at the unveiling of the uniforms Sept. 1 in New York City. TCU twice wore a special Nike Combat uniform last year, debuting it at home against Utah and then again in the Fiesta Bowl. It's not how this season's uniform might differ from last season's.

The other eight schools that will wear the uniforms are: Alabama, Boise State, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Crowd of 40,000 is hope for TCU-Oregon St.

August, 17, 2010
The Cowboys Stadium roof will almost assuredly be closed and the massive sliding glass doors will probably be, too, when the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Oregon State Beavers on Sept. 4 in the Cowboys Classic.

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday on a conference call that the weather would have to cool considerably for the roof to be opened and that it would take a larger-than-expected crowd to open the doors that separate the outdoor pavilions at each end of the stadium from the indoor pavilions that overlook the end zones. Opening the doors eases congestion with overflow crowds at the 80,000-seat stadium that can hold more than 100,000 when those standing-room only areas are included.

That type of crowd, however, isn't expected. Jones was reluctant to announce where ticket sales sit for TCU's debut in the stadium in less than three weeks, but he sounded confident that the attendance goal would be met.

"It's a work in progress right now. I know our expectations would be to have somewhere around 40,000 people is what our initial thoughts are on that," Jones said. "But, as college football is just now getting kicked off, people are going to start thinking about it, and as reports start to come in about people practicing and students going back to school, we're certainly encouraged by the crowd that we're going to have out at our stadium."