The 2011 Cowboys Classic will unquestionably be the highlight of college football season's first week this year. LSU and Oregon will meet at Cowboys Stadium on September 3rd in the third annual Cowboys Classic. With both schools quickly selling out of their respective allotments of Cowboys Classic tickets, game officials are expecting a crowd exceeding 80,000 fans on game day. Featuring two teams coming off BCS bowl seasons - the game in Arlington has all the makings of a highlighy-heavy shootout. The neutral site matchup between top-ranked, out-of-conference opponents will likely feature an atmosphere more akin to a bowl game than a traditional regular season debut.
LSU enters the season with a bevy of stars returning to Baton Rouge like linebacker Ryan Baker, running back Spencer Ware, cornerback Morris Claibourne Jr., and wide receiver Ruben Randle. The Tigers trounced Texas A&M at the Cotton Bowl to end the season and sense they will have great shot at winning the SEC this year. On the other side of the country, Oregon is primed to make another attempt at capturing the crystal football after coming up just short against Auburn in the BCS National Championship game last January. Ducks running back LaMichael James is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate and quarterback Darron Thomas is coming off a season where he threw 30 touchdown passes. With anticipation for the coming NCAA football season reaching astronomical heights, the Cowboys Classic is simply a game you cannot afford to miss.