Bedlam rivalry series to end when Oklahoma joins SEC
A storied college rivalry will soon come to an end.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have confirmed the Bedlam series between the in-state rivals will end when the Sooners and Texas join the SEC in 2025.
"It (playing Oklahoma) presents logistical issues under our current (scheduling) structure," Oklahoma State athletic director Chad Weiberg said, according to Action Sports' Brett McMurphy. "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."
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione offered a more terse explanation.
"Oklahoma State has shown no interest to schedule any future games in football, so we're moving on," Castiglione said.
The two programs are expected to have conflicting schedules that each include nine conference matchups following Oklahoma's departure from the Big 12. Both schools' athletic directors noted their respective non-conference schedules are nearly full for the next 15 years.
Castiglione noted the series could potentially resume "down the road," but he doesn't envision it taking place anytime soon once the Sooners leave the Big 12.
The Bedlam rivalry began in 1904, with the schools meeting 116 times since its inception. The series is the second-longest uninterrupted college football rivalry at 112 years.
Oklahoma leads the series with 90 wins to Oklahoma State's 19. The two programs have also tied seven times.