http://newsok.com/article/2533500 The Oklahoma State-Tulsa season opener is expected to be moved to Thursday, Aug. 31, for television purposes. The Cowboys and Golden Hurricane are scheduled to open the season Sept. 2, but multiple sources said the game will be moved. And if OSU-Tulsa is moved to Thursday night, OSU’s next game, scheduled for Sept. 9 at South Alabama, is expected to be moved to Friday night, Sept. 8, for television purposes. The Big 12’s television contract calls for at least four games a season to be moved for Thursday night broadcasts. The Cowboys opened the 2015 season on a Thursday night at Central Michigan. OSU’s home Thursday night games include Texas Tech in 2014, Arizona in 2011, Texas A&M in 2010 and Colorado in 2009. Thursday night games are fine for students, who can then still go home on the weekend and not miss a game. But non-student fans generally don’t like Thursday night home games. It can be difficult to get to Stillwater on a work day from the Oklahoma City or Tulsa metro areas, or from most places in the state. OSU’s rampant tailgating also takes a major hit on Thursday night games. And merchants abhor Thursday night games, since the Game Day experience is condensed and fans spend a lot less time on campus. However, many consider the season opener, on Labor Day weekend, as the best time to play a Thursday game. Fans are excited for a return to college football, and students can still have a full Labor Day vacation without starting it late due to football. The OSU-Tulsa game is expected to be entertaining. The Hurricane went 10-3 last season and beat Central Michigan 55-10 in the Miami Beach Bowl. The Cowboys went 10-3 and are projected to be ranked in the top 15 going into the 2017 season. The Big 12 already has scheduled one Thursday game, Texas at Iowa State on Sept. 28, plus two Thanksgiving Friday (Nov. 24) games – Baylor at TCU, Texas Tech at Texas.