OKLAHOMA CITY – ABC announced its broadcast schedule Monday, which included a 7 p.m. kickoff time for the annual Bedlam game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on Dec. 3.
This year's Bedlam matchup will take place in Stillwater for the second straight season and has the potential to be the most significant game in the history of the rivalry.
Both teams currently are ranked in the Top 5 of the BCS. Oklahoma has two games before Bedlam, against Baylor and Iowa State, and Oklahoma State has one, also against Iowa State. If both teams get through those games unscathed, Bedlam likely would determine what team plays in the national championship.
Bedlam is later in the season this year because of the new Big 12 schedule. With only 10 teams in the conference, there is no conference championship game. So Bedlam was moved to the same day the Big 12 championship would have been played.
If OU and OSU do not lose before facing each other, Bedlam would become a de facto conference championship game. They would be the top two teams in the Big 12, and the winner would become the conference champion and receive an automatic BCS bowl berth.
If the Cowboys are able to qualify for a BCS bowl, it will mark the first time they have accomplished that feat.