Close to 80,000 tickets have been sold for the Cowboys Classic. Standing room-only tickets will go on sale next month, possibly as early as July 8.
LSU fans quickly gobbled up the school's allotment of 37,000 tickets, breaking a school record for a regular-season road game. Oregon sold out its 15,000-ticket allotment.
Michael Konradi, vice president for external affairs at the Cotton Bowl, attributes the matchup of two top programs and the large LSU alumni base in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as major reasons for the huge interest.
"LSU comes in highly ranked before the season starts, and there were a bunch of their fans that were not able to attend the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic last year," Konradi said. "They want to see this stadium and be a part of this. Oregon did its part, too. We saw that Oregon State traveled well to their game with TCU last year, and Oregon is doing just as well, if not better, this year."
LSU capped its 11-2 record last season with a victory against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. Oregon was beaten by Auburn in the BCS Championship Game, the Ducks' only loss of the season.
"Of the games that kickoff weekend, we think this one is the best matchup," Konradi said.
ESPN's "College Gameday" is scheduled to broadcast from Arlington prior to the game.
Richard Durrett covers colleges for ESPNDallas.com.