Another traditional college football rivalry could go down in history once the next phase of realignment takes place in the next few years.
Bedlam, the long-running rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will come to an end when the Sooners join the SEC, according to a report by Action Network.
It remains unclear exactly when Oklahoma will leave the Big 12 for the SEC, especially with the expansion of the College Football Playoff on the horizon, but the expectation is that the OU will shift conferences by the 2025 football season.
“Oklahoma State has shown no interest in scheduling future games in football, so we are moving forward,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said through the report.
Oklahoma State Athletic Director Chad Weiberg agreed, saying his school already has its non-conference football obligations set for the future.
“This [playing Oklahoma] presents logistical issues under our current [scheduling] structure,” said Weiberg.
“We don’t have any openings to play them. We’re full. Unless there are significant commitments to make the game happen, it cannot happen.”
Both schools said their non-conference hours are reserved for the next 15 years.
history of confusion
It all started on November 6, 1904, with a 75-0 victory for the Sooners, which included hand-to-hand combat after both teams chased a windblown kick into an icy stream and has continued uninterrupted since 1910.
Not a traditionally tight series on the scoreboard, it never lacked intensity, as fans of both schools will tell you.
OU has a massive 90-19-7 lead in the series, but the Cowboys took 3 in the round of 16, including last season’s 37-33 win at Stillwater.
But right now, we probably only have two more Bedlam games before this historic streak ends for good.
Another college football tradition falls into the dust as schools vie for position in the growing windfall of TV money.
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