Dallas Colleges: Cowboys Classic

2015 Cowboys Classic: Alabama-Wisconsin

March, 20, 2013

Defending champion Alabama will kick off the 2015 college football season against the Wisconsin Badgers in the Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, it was announced Wednesday.

The game -- only the second-ever matchup between the two programs -- will take place on Sat., Sept. 5 and will be televised by ESPN. Wisconsin won the only previous matchup, 15-0, in 1928. Alabama appeared in the Cowboys Classic last season, beating Michigan, 41-14.

Future matchups also include LSU and TCU in 2013, and Florida State will face Oklahoma State in 2014.

LSU-TCU opener to have 8 p.m. kickoff

March, 5, 2013
A handful of dates and times for key SEC games for the 2013 football season were announced Tuesday. Among them, LSU's opener on Aug. 31 against TCU in the Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium will kick off at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN. LSU and TCU will be meeting for the first time since 1968. The Tigers hold a 5-2-1 lead in the all-time series.

Cowboys Classic welcomes recruiting invaders

September, 4, 2011
Saturday's Cowboys Classic between LSU and Oregon brought a pair of top-five teams for a high-profile showdown.

And other big-name programs are lining up to compete in Stephen and Jerry Jones' showcase event. Alabama will face Michigan in the 2012 version, and the 2013 matchup is Notre Dame vs. Arizona State.

It's not just the lure of playing in Cowboys Stadium (and a nice payday) that's making the event popular. As ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan writes, it lets national programs gain a foothold in the fertile recruiting grounds of North Texas.

Here's an excerpt:
Isn't it enough that Jerry Jones, the loquacious Dallas Cowboys owner, and son Stephen, the club's level-headed CEO, are in charge of the NFL's most cherished brand and built a stadium that's the envy the sporting world? For the sanctity of the local lads, must these two now have their mitts on college football's top billing (outside the BCS bowls), too? ...

Clearly it's a fun Labor Day weekend trip for football fans and even better business for the schools. And make no mistake why these great institutions of higher learning traveled here. Stephen Jones, at the forefront of negotiations, hammers it home.

"Teams really enjoy the thought of, one, playing in the building, but the other key thing which I think really backs up our fundamentals is North Texas is such a hotbed with high school football for recruiting," he said. "I think a lot of these big programs want to have a face here and want to have a presence here."
Read the whole column here.

Key matchups for Oregon-LSU game

September, 2, 2011

Erin Andrews and David Pollack look ahead to the key matchups for LSU and Oregon for Saturday night's game at Cowboys Stadium.