Where: Reliant Stadium (71,500), Houston.
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. Television: ABC (in Mississippi and most of the South), ESPN2
Radio: MSU Network; XM 91, 200; Sirius 91, 113
Rankings: MSU not ranked; Oklahoma State No. 13 AP, No. 14 USA Today
Last season: MSU 8-5, Oklahoma State 8-5
Series: Tied 2-2
Last meeting: MSU won, 29-11, on Sept. 18, 2009 in Starkville. Each team committed six turnovers, but MSU got 120 rushing yards from Dontae Walker.
Coaches – MSU: Dan Mullen, 29-22 overall (fifth year); Oklahoma State: Mike Gundy, 67-35 overall (ninth year).
Returning statistical leaders – MSU: QB Tyler Russell 231-394-10, 2,897 yards, 24 TDs; RB LaDarius Perkins 205 rushes, 1,024 yards, 8 TDs; LB Benardrick McKinney 102 tackles, 4.5 TFL; FS Nickoe Whitley 88 tackles, 3 INTs.
Oklahoma State: QB Clint Chelf 119-197-6, 1,588 yards, 15 TDs; QB J.W. Walsh 109-163-3, 1,564 yards, 13 TDs; WR Josh Stewart 101 catches, 1,210 yards, 7 TDs; S Daytawion Lowe 75 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 2 INTs.
Trends: Mullen is 4-0 in season openers but has lost nine in a row against ranked opponents. … Oklahoma State was 0-5 last year when allowing 40-plus points. … MSU has won 13 consecutive non-SEC games. … Gundy is 7-1 in season openers. … OSU has had a first-team All-Big 12 running back in five of the last six years.
Notes: MSU is 7-8 all time in season openers played at neutral sites. … OSU starting left tackle Devin Davis is out with a torn ACL. … MSU tied for fifth nationally in turnover margin last season, at plus-16.
Summing it up: “To open the season this way on national television against a team ranked 13th in the country is a pretty special way to start the season.” – <b>MSU head coach Dan Mullen</b>, who begins his fifth season today.
Prediction: Oklahoma State, 35-24.