With Oklahoma heading to the SEC, the future of Bedlam is in doubt across both athletic departments. When it comes to football, Oklahoma State has said they don’t foresee it continuing. Since nonconference schedules are organized so far out, it may be unreasonable to expect a Bedlam football matchup anytime soon after Oklahoma and Texas depart for the SEC.
As it concerns the other sports, though, there’s an opportunity to work it into the nonconference schedule in future years, and the two schools would be wise to figure out a way to keep it going in men’s and women’s basketball, softball, baseball, wrestling, and golf. If the two schools have a sport, the two long-time rivals should face each other in said sport.
“I’d love Bedlam basketball to continue,” Moser shared with Toby Rowland and TJ Perry on 94.7 The Ref in Norman. “I think it’s great. It’s right here. It’s close to home. It’s in the state. It’s two great programs. For just basketball, again, I don’t want to say anything for dynamics of the other sports, but just for us, heck yeah, let’s keep it going.”
The energy and excitement that comes from the in-state rivalry will have a hard time being matched by anything other than OU-Texas when the Red River rivals head to the SEC. Oklahoma will develop new rivalries with schools like Arkansas and rekindle old ones as they had with Missouri and Texas A&M.
However, none of them will feel the same as Bedlam. Regardless of the sport, the matchups that take place between the two athletic departments mean something to the athletes and to the state of Oklahoma.
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