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It's official: Oregon State vs. TCU on Sept. 4

The ink is now dry on game contracts for Oregon State's showdown versus TCU on Sept. 4 in Cowboys Stadium.

The game will be broadcast live by ESPN at 7:45 p.m. EST.

The Beavers might face the nation's toughest nonconference schedule in 2010: vs. TCU in Texas and at Boise State on Sept. 25 (also on ESPN). Both figure to be ranked in the preseason top 10. The Beavers also play host to Louisville on Sept. 18.

The visit to the state of Texas is the first for the Beavers during the regular season since a 1996 trip to Baylor. The Beavers played in El Paso in the 2006 and 2008 Sun Bowls. The game will also be a homecoming for All-Americans James and Jacquizz Rodgers, who hail from Richmond, Texas, near Houston.

“We’ve been seeking a game in Texas for a year or two to allow the Rodgers brothers a chance to return to their home state,” Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis said. “Coach [Mike] Riley and I discussed this possibility and came to the conclusion that this will be a terrific experience for our team, and something for our student-athletes to look forward to during spring practice and offseason conditioning workouts.”

The Beavers were 8-5 last season and tied for second in the Pac-10 at 6-3, finishing just two positions out of the top 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. Mountain West Conference member TCU concluded the year No. 6 in both polls with a 12-1 record, losing to Boise State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Oregon State was originally scheduled to open the 2010 season at home against Eastern Washington on Sept. 4. The Eagles are now playing at Nevada on Sept. 2 and will reappear on the Beavers’ schedule Aug. 31, 2013.