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BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: April 8, 2011 at 10:00 pm •  Published: April 8, 2011

Bedlam will be a highlight game on the college football landscape in 2011.

On Friday, the Big 12 Conference announced the game featuring in-state rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State has been moved to Dec. 3 — generally known as “Championship Weekend” — and will be televised on ABC this season.

The Sooners will visit the Cowboys in Stillwater in early December. The game might feature the top two teams in the Big 12 battling for the conference championship.

“For us to be in this situation kind of shows where we are as a program,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “I don't think there is any question that we have elevated ourselves.”

The move points to the importance of the game as Bedlam will be held on the same day as the SEC championship game, the ACC championship game, the Pac 10 championship game and Big Ten championship game. The Big 12 will offer a marquee conference matchup likely to have BCS implications alongside the other conference title games.

“When they come and hand-pick you to play on Championship Saturday, it kind of shows where we are at,” Gundy said.

Last season's Bedlam game was essentially a Big 12 South title tilt with the Sooners defeating the Cowboys 51-41 to advance to the Big 12 Championship game. OU defeated Nebraska to win the 2010 Big 12 title.

At first glance, OU and OSU fans are split about the move. Several fans preferred to have Bedlam right after Thanksgiving. Others feel the move could allow them to relax and enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday with the family, particularly out-of-state loved ones.

An online poll at NewsOK.com had more than 1,000 votes with 51 percent who loved the move and 49 percent who hated it. Trotter: Two questions remain with OU schedule Bedlam StoryWall 2010 Tramel: Bedlam returns to December

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