Mississippi State and Oklahoma State are close to an agreement to open the 2013 season Aug. 31 at Houston's Reliant Stadium, according to an ESPN report.
The game will kick off a yearly tradition for the venue, the home of the NFL's Houston Texans. Atlanta's Georgia Dome and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, also host high-profile college football games to open the season.
The Georgia Dome has hosted the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game since 2008, while Cowboys Stadium began hosting the Cowboys Classic in 2009. Both arenas have games scheduled through 2014.