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Should the Cowboys play Texas Tech in Dallas every year?

Mike Baldwin: Playing a series against Texas Tech every year in the Metroplex is a no-brainer. It helps recruiting, gets Dallas alums more involved and brings in millions, especially if rumors are true Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is offering a sizeable guarantee.

Berry Tramel: Let me get this straight. You spend more than $200 million on virtually a new stadium, you raise ticket prices, then you take one of your marquee home games and move it OFF campus, 250 miles away. How does that make any sense?

Baldwin: Mike Holder and OSU officials have promised a minimum of six home games at Boone Pickens Stadium by hording future home games, especially in odd-numbered years they normally host T-Tech. OSU has six home games this year and would have six in 2009 and 2011. Fans wouldn't get less home games than they're currently getting.

Tramel: Let's ask the season-ticket holder if there's a difference between a home game against Sam Houston State and a home game against Texas Tech. This is a short-term return at long-term expense. State needs to fill up those 60,000 seats when the renovation is complete. Moving games to Dallas is no way to do it.

Baldwin: OSU has home games scheduled with Georgia, Arizona, Washington State, Clemson, Air Force, North Carolina State and Tulsa. That's pretty stout. And there's a bonus. You play the game in the finest football facility on the planet, Jerry Jones' $1 billion stadium (forget the Cotton Bowl). And you don't play in West Texas. Care to guess the last time OSU won in Lubbock? Try 1944.

Tramel: From a competitive standpoint, it's a poor move. When you're trying to build a program, a home and home series, in which a 1-1 result is likely, is much preferable to a crapshoot that could go 0-2 or 2-0.

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