Oklahoma vs. Army is proving to be one of the most exciting games of the day.
The Sooners, as they are wont to do, are scoring in quick bursts, led by Heisman candidate Kyler Murray.
Army, on the other hand, is putting together these crazy, 10-minute drives to score.
The game is currently tied at 21 with 8:38 left, and with the way Army is playing, it could very well be the last drive of the game, if the Black Knights have their way.
The fact that the service academy is hanging in with a College Football Playoff favorite is pretty crazy.
The craziest thing about this game, though, is that no one can see it via normal television broadcast.
Despite the fact that it is 2018, and the Sooners are a giant national brand on TV almost every week, Oklahoma vs. Army is exclusively being broadcast on pay-per-view.
The Big 12’s somewhat strange television arrangement is the reason why we can’t watch it, unless we want to plunk down $35 or so. Apparently it is more in some markets.
Each Big 12 team gets one game of its 12 to distribute how it sees fit. Some teams stream them digitally, some have local FOX Sports networks handle them. Texas has the Longhorn Network.
Because Oklahoma is such a big draw, FOX puts its game up on PPV. The Oklahoman explains further:
But whereas Fox generally takes that OSU game (South Alabama this year) or Baylor game or TCU game and puts it on one of its subsidiary Fox channels (Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Plus, for example), Fox takes the OU game and puts it on pay-per-view for one simple reason.
OU fans will buy it.
The cost for the OU-Army game varies per provider (Cox charges $34.99), and Sooner fans by the thousands purchase the game. You can do the math. That’s why Fox makes the game pay-per-view.
Iowa State’s game Sept. 1 against South Dakota State was available on digital streaming for a price of $6.95. Big difference.
Usually, non-Sooner fans barely notice, because this is rarely a big game, and Oklahoma usually rolls. However, Army is also a national brand in its own way, and is playing right with an undefeated, Playoff-hunting Sooners team.
For those who want to check out the Army radio broadcast, The Athletic’s Matt Brown linked to it moments ago:
Hey you can listen to the Army radio broadcast: https://t.co/xNx7trePQc
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) September 23, 2018
Hopefully this PPV game is a bit less dramatic next year, because this really stinks.