Oklahoma-Oklahoma State to halt annual Bedlam game when Sooners join SEC, report says

Bedlam has taken place 116 times dating back to 1904.

Now, time is ticking on one of college football’s most entertaining rivalries.

With the Oklahoma Sooners setting their eyes on leaving Oklahoma State and the Big 12 behind for the Southeastern Conference, the two schools appear destined to no longer play one another once the matchup joins the non-conference ranks.

Oklahoma State athletic director Chad Weiberg recently told college football insider Brett McMurphy that he believes continuing the series presents logistical issues under the program’s current scheduling structures.

Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione told McMurphy the Cowboys have “shown no interest to schedule any future games in football, so we’re moving on (with filling OU’s future nonconference openings).”

The coming SEC move has created multiple issues for the previously agreed upon non-conference schedules of the universities involved.

Most recently, the SEC told Georgia to drop a scheduled game with Oklahoma in 2023, as well as a Tennessee-Oklahoma game scheduled for 2024.

In response, Oklahoma agreed to a home-and-home this past week with SMU. The first game will be in Norman in 2023, with the follow up game taking place in 2027 in Dallas.


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