Records: MSU (0-0), OSU (0-0)
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m.
TV: ABC and ESPN2 (Bob Wischusen Play-by-Play, Rod Gilmore Color, Quint Kessenich Sideline)
Stadium: Reliant Stadium
QB matchup: MSU senior Tyler Russell versus OSU senior Clint Chelf or sophomore J.W. Walsh
Referees: Referee Dan Capron, Umpire Jim Shaw, Head Linesman Red Ryan, Line Judge Paul Engelberts, Field Judge Al Terry, Side Judge Craig Jefferys, Back Judge Mike Brown, Alternate Official Jeff Servinski, Replay Official Steve Newman, Communicator Jim Thomas
One big thing to watch: The OSU offense against the MSU defense. The Cowboys bring an explosive offense to Houston. The Bulldogs secondary is the big question. The matchup between Cowboy WR and Bulldog secondary personnel will be the matchup of the day.
Gameday surprise: MSU sophomore defensive lineman Nick James and Quay Evans did not make the trip to Houston. Sophomore TE Rufus Warren did not make the trip. Eight true freshmen Ashton Shumpert, De’Runnya Wilson, Damian Williams, Fred Ross, Tolando Cleveland, Kivon Coman, Artimas Samuel and Chris Jones are here in Houston.
Pregame song(s): Reckless by Aaron Watson, Kiss Me in the Dark by the Randy Rogers Band, Road Trippin by the Josh Abbott Band – Since we are in Texas, we must do as Texans do. That includes Texas Country music. Here is a medley of some of my favorite bands in the genre, also some very good songs. I hope you enjoy.