Posted by Chip Patterson
2011 will be the first time since 1996 that the Big 12 season will not finish with a conference championship game. With Nebraska and Colorado departing, the conference will likely rearrange their regular season schedule to include conference matchups in December - typically the time of the Big 12 Championship Game.
Jake Trotter, Sooners beat writer for The Oklahoman, believes that the conference's desire to have premiere matchups on that weekend will result in the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game getting moved to the end of the season. The Bedlam Series is typically played in November or October, and has not been played in December since 1972.
“It probably will be game(s) we anticipate will be meaningful for the conference race at that point and time,” league commissioner Dan Beebe said prior to the Big 12 Championship between OU and Nebraska. “Some of the big rivalry games are being looked at.”
Trotter believes that since Oklahoma-Texas will remain in October, Texas-Texas A&M will likely stay around Thanksgiving and the Bedlam Series is the likely candidate for the schedule move. If it plays out that way, it could set up a potentially classic edition of the rivalry. Both schools will likely find themselves near the top of most preseason rankings, with Oklahoma already an early national title pick. The game could actually end up better than whatever Big 12 North/South matchup would have been before the great exodus.