College football is officially back!
That said, Mike Gundy’s squad isn’t the only Oklahoma State team taking the field this fall and certainly not the only team to keep an eye on. There are plenty of dates on the OSU athletic calendar fans are going to want to circle. We’ve put together the top 10, and put them in chronological order for you!
OSU vs Saint Louis (Soccer)
Sunday, Sept. 8 | 1 p.m.
The Bilikens are the defending A-10 champions — both regular season and tournament — so while the name may not carry much cache, this is easily the Cowgirls’ best home non-conference match. Plus, if you’re already in town for the OSU vs McNeese State football match the day before, you might as well check out Neal Patterson Stadium, especially if you haven’t yet. It’s impressive.
OSU vs Baylor (Equestrian)
Friday, Sept. 20 | TBA
I really considered going with Cowgirls match against defending National Champs Auburn during their opening weekend. But other than traveling to Martin, Tennessee, there’s really no way to watch this. So, I’m going with the best home match of the season; Baylor. The Cowgirls will welcome the defending Big 12 champs to Stillwater.
OSU at Texas (Football)
Saturday, Sept. 21 | TBA
Get ready for a lot of road games in this list, as a lot of OSU’s most marquee match-ups are away from Stillwater. That includes the Cowboys’ Big 12 football opener against Texas. OSU has owned this series as of late, winning four straight, seven of the last 10, and five straight in Austin. With OSU becoming the kings of Austin and last season’s Homecoming upset in Stillwater, I can only imagine how hungry the Longhorns are for a win this year.
Big 12 Match Play Tournament in Houston (Men’s Golf)
Friday, Oct. 11 - Sunday, Oct. 13
It’s the second year for the Big 12’s match-play tournament. The Cowboys finished in fourth place at last year’s event and will look to rebound with a young team that will feature a lot of new faces. It’s not the first golf event of the year for the Cowboys, but outside of making the Final-Eight at the NCAA tournament, it’s the only match-play event of the season. Golf is an expensive sport to air on television, but I do hope that the conference is better able to showcase this even this year.
OSU vs. Oklahoma (Soccer)
Friday, Oct. 25 | 7 p.m.
Yeah, Bedlam usually goes without saying. But it’s easily the best home game of the season, especially since the Stillwater match counts toward the conference standing this season (the teams play a home-and-home match every year with one counting toward non-conference). Considering round one ended in a 2-2 draw in August in Norman — in a game where the Cowgirls led 2-0 — it should set up for an exciting match in Stillwater.
OSU vs Yale (Men’s Basketball)
Sunday, Nov. 17 | TBA
No, Yale is not the biggest name on OSU’s basketball schedule this season. The Cowboys have Georgetown and Wichita State coming to Gallagher-Iba Arena. But Yale is coming off a better 2018-19 season than both is one of the more interesting home games, especially early. Yale has lost some guys from its 22-8 season that included a close loss to LSU in the NCAA tournament, but the Bulldogs should still be a solid team and nice challenge for a Cowboy roster with a lot of new faces, and help prepare them for the tough stretch of games that follows.
OSU vs. Louisville (Paradise Jam, Virgin Islands) (Women’s Basketball)
Friday, Nov. 29 | Noon
This is actually the second game of a great triple header with OSU opening against Oregon and wrapping up against UTSA. OSU has made it a habit of making sure there’s at least jaw-dropping marquee opponent on the schedule each year, and despite a road trip to Texas A&M — which we will discuss in a moment — this is it. The Cardinals are a combined 68-7 the past two seasons with trips to the Final Four and Elite Eight to show for it. Do I think the Cowgirls stand a chance to pull off an upset? Not really. But it will be good to see how they match up with one of the top dogs of the sport.
OSU vs Oklahoma (Football)
Saturday, Nov. 30 | TBA
This is No. 1 one on the list. It’s football. It’s Bedlam. It’s back on the date it’s supposed to be played; the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I realize OSU’s record in this series isn’t great (We bash Gundy, but it’s not like anyone else has been great against the Sooners), but it’s hard to ignore how much this game means to both programs (despite what OU “fans” claim).
OSU vs Princeton (Wrestling)
Friday, Dec. 6 | 6 p.m.
OSU hasn’t announced its full wrestling schedule for 2019-20, but there are a few dates known based on other schools announcements. The lone date known in the first half is against Princeton. The Tigers have three returning All-Americans: Pat Glory (125), Matthew Kolodzik (149) and Patrick Brucki (197). Nick Piccininni went 3-0 against Glory last season, including a pin in the seventh-place match at the NCAA championships. OSU has options at both 149 and 197. Oh, and it could be the first match at 157 between Wyatt Sheets and Quincy Monday, the sons of two former Cowboy grapplers in Mike Sheets and Kenny Monday, respectively.
OSU vs. Minnesota in Tulsa (Men’s Basketball)
Saturday, Dec. 21 | TBA
It’s like an early Christmas present for OSU fans with a Cowboy basketball game in Tulsa. OSU faces an interesting Minnesota squad as part of a double-header featuring Tulsa vs Colorado State. Minnesota may not be world beaters, but this is a quality opponent that’s perfect for an OSU team with so many new faces. Plus, a chance to exact some revenge after last season’s 83-76 loss.
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Saint Louis (Soccer)
Big 12 Match Play (Men’s Golf)
Yale (Men’s Basketball)
Louisville (Women’s Basketball)
Minnesota (Men’s Basketball)