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Bedlam overtakes Oklahoma-Texas as Big 12's most anticipated football game

by Berry Tramel Published: June 11, 2011

The most anticipated football game in the new-look Big 12 is not Oklahoma-Texas.

Never thought I'd see the day.

That's what I wrote in 2008, when I first ranked every Big 12 game, a ploy to help us all get through the summer. Don't know it helps anybody else, but helps me pass the time until September.

Anyway, I ranked OU-Texas No. 1 going into 2008 and wrote “always the league's marquee game.”

Not always. In summer 2011, the most-anticipated Big 12 football game is Bedlam. OSU-OU in Stillwater on Dec. 3.

Maybe it would be different if the Sooners had to play at Texas A&M, which ranks with the Cowboys as the chief threats to OU's title quest. Maybe it would be different if Mack Brown had a quarterback. Maybe it would be different if Nebraska hadn't bolted to the Big Ten.

But they don't, he doesn't and it did.

Heck, we saw the first cracks in the OU-Texas dominance just last summer.

Last June, I wrote of OU-Texas, “Maybe some year, this won't be the league's most-anticipated game. But not this year.”

I was wrong. Within a week, the Big 12 was disintegrating, and while all the king's horses and all the king's men put the league back together, it did so without the Cornhuskers.

By mid-June, the Nebraska-Texas game had become a Husker holy war and clearly the Big 12's marquee game.

Bedlam is no holy war. No more so than usual, anyway. It's just a magnificent matchup to contemplate, almost six months out.

In-state rivals, with a recent history of majestic games in Stillwater, both sporting top-shelf quarterbacks and All-American receivers.

Bedlam StoryWall 2010

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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