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Oklahoma and Oklahoma State unlikely to continue 112-year-old Bedlam rivalry after Sooners join SEC

The annual Bedlam series between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State is not expected to continue when the Sooners leave the Big 12 for the SEC in 2025, according to athletic directors from both schools. The rivalry is one of the longest continuous rivalries in college football. 

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have played 112 years in a row dating back to a 12-0 victory by the Sooners over then-Oklahoma A&M in 1910, three years after Oklahoma became a state. However, both sides claim that the rivalry game cannot be worked out logistically in the coming years as a nonconference contest. 

“It presents logistical issues under our current [scheduling] structure,” Oklahoma State athletic director Chad Weiberg told The Action Network. “We don’t have any openings to play them. We’re full. Unless there are significant undertakings to make the game happen, it can’t happen.” 

The Cowboys have three nonconference games scheduled in five of the next six seasons. The 2025 season — when the Sooners are expected to depart for the SEC — remains the only opening. However, scheduling contracts are often broken. In 2019, Michigan canceled a series with UCLA with a $1.5 million buyout in order to schedule more home games. 

Oklahoma has a few more openings. The 2025 and 2026 seasons are filled with a home-and-home series with Michigan, but the Sooners are wide open from 2027 on. Oklahoma also has a Power Five nonconference slot open in 2024, but the Sooners are not officially slated to leave for the SEC until 2025. There is some chatter that Oklahoma could buy out their Big 12 contract a year early. 

The logistical issues present a hurdle, but the bad blood really goes back to Oklahoma’s decision to abandon the Big 12. These two programs have been continuous…


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Author : Shehan Jeyarajah

Publish date : 2022-09-20 18:22:21

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