Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy believes that the 2024 game against Oklahoma could be the final chapter in the Bedlam rivalry series.
“In football, Bedlam is history in my opinion,” Gundy told ESPN’s Heather Dinich on Wednesday at the Big 12’s media day. “OU chose to go to the SEC. When they did, they took Bedlam with them.”
“Nobody likes it, but Bedlam’s out the window,” he added.
Oklahoma and fellow Big 12 co-founder Texas are set to play out their final season in the conference before joining the SEC for the 2024-25 season.
Gundy said that the Cowboys’ schedule is set through the 2037 season. Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said last year that Oklahoma State didn’t show any “interest to schedule any future games in football, so we’re moving on.”
The Bedlam rivalry is the second-longest uninterrupted series in FBS history behind Minnesota-Wisconsin.
Gundy believes that the Big 12 is on “solid ground” ahead of the pending departures of Texas and Oklahoma.
“There’s teams that are in our league that have performed at a very high level over the last however many years and it hasn’t always been (OU and Texas),” he said.
The Cowboys’ coach says there still remains the possibility that the rivals meet up again in a bowl game.
The Big 12 will play with 14 teams in 2023 following the additions of BYU, UCF, Houston, and Cincinnati. The league will dwindle down to 12 teams in 2024. Yet, Gundy envisions the conference welcoming new members in the next round of expansions. He says that TV revenue will be a driving factor in realignment.
The conclusion of the series between the Sooners and Cowboys would see a series that began in 1904 come to an end. Oklahoma leads the all-time series with 91 wins compared to Oklahoma State’s 19. The schools have also tied seven times.
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