05.Dec.2009 Oregon State @…TCU?
This story from the Gazettetimes has some legs it appears.
De Carolis confirmed that OSU has had some discussion with Texas Christian about opening the 2010 season with an ESPN game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, midway between Dallas and Fort Worth. It would replace the Sept. 4 game with Eastern Washington at Reser Stadium.
“ESPN has approached us about trying to do a game like that,” De Carolis said. “But right now we’d have to find somebody to take Eastern Washington,” and give the Eagles a payday game similar to the one they’d give up against the Beavers.
“That’s been the struggle.”
Substituting TCU, the Mountain West Conference champion and probable BCS-bowl entrant, for FCS Eastern Washington would give OSU one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country. It’s also slated to host Louisville of the Big East on Sept. 18, and visit Western Athletic Conference champion Boise State – another probable 2009 BCS team – on Sept. 25.
If Lyle is granted a 6th year (and this is possible, as a LB in this Pitt game was granted a 6th year under almost identical circumstances) then I’m all for scheduling TCU. But with Katz taking over, a cupcake like EWU is important for early game experience and confidence. Tough call–do you go all in and take on a tough schedule in hopes of earning respect and having a magical season, or do you take the win and increase your bowl chances? With the personnel the Beavers have returning, I’d say the latter makes more sense.