College sports realignment has caused many longtime rivalry games to become extinct.
In college football, Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten meant the end of the annual games against Oklahoma and Colorado, among other programs. Elsewhere in the sport, Texas A&M’s move to the SEC meant the end of the game against Texas.
In college basketball, Maryland’s move to the Big Ten halted the Terps’ annual contests against ACC powers Duke and North Carolina, among others.
What will end as a result of Oklahoma and Texas’ move to the SEC?
It sounds like Bedlam, the annual rivalry game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, is in serious doubt moving forward.
While Oklahoma’s president wants the rivalry game to continue, Oklahoma State’s president is much less certain.
“Many have asked about the future of Bedlam,” Oklahoma State president Kayse Shrum wrote on Twitter. “We enjoy the intensity and tradition whenever we play OU in any sport. Right now, there are too many unknowns to determine what the future holds.”
Many have asked about the future of Bedlam. We enjoy the intensity and tradition whenever we play OU in any sport. Right now, there are too many unknowns to determine what the future holds.
— Dr. Kayse Shrum (@drshrum) August 1, 2021
Oklahoma has won the last six meetings against Oklahoma State.
While many would obviously like the rivalry game to continue, Oklahoma is doing what’s best for the Sooners by moving to the SEC. It’s possible that Oklahoma State will choose to halt the rivalry game because that’s what the school believes is best for the Cowboys.
One thing is certain: A lot is up in the air right now in the world of college sports.