Finding themselves pitted against one another, the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys clashed in a winner take all format this season with the conference crown on the line. One final regular season game to declare one true champion. Isn’t that how a round robin league of ten teams works? However, the leadership of the league decided to reinstate a Big XII Championship Game for this upcoming 2017 season despite playing home to a mere ten teams.
Set to be played on December 2nd of 2017 in AT&T Stadium, all chaos could break loose. Imagine the same scenario unfolding at the end of this past season. Although the Oklahoma Sooners downed the Oklahoma State Cowboys remaining unbeaten in conference action, they’d meet again the next week to decide the champion of Big XII. It seems absolutely bonkers…not to mention bad for business.
Regardless, here we sit.
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To avoid the issue, Bedlam has been bumped to November 4th of 2017 eliminating the possibility of the Oklahoma schools playing one another in back-to-back weeks.
As far as the non-conference portion of the scheduling goes, Oklahoma makes the trip to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. With Baker Mayfield returning, the match-up should draw plenty of attention. Also making two true road trips, Oklahoma State squares off against Southern Alabama (a team who knocked off Mississippi State and then No. 19 San Diego State) in Mobile and later Pitt.
How will the 2017 season shape up? I’d like to get through the Bowl Games before we dive into that discussion!