For some it’s more about conference pride. For others, it’s unacceptable.
The scenario: Your team is Alabama. Do you root for Auburn in the BCS National Championship against Florida State, or is the mere thought of backing your arch-rival sickening? For example:
The question applies to Bedlam as well. Following the Sugar Bowl, former and current OU players made it known that they were rooting for OSU in the Sugar Bowl against Missouri.
Come on OSU pull this out!! I’m a fan of anything Oklahoma when they’re not playing OU!!
— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) January 4, 2014
Oklahoma State would break my heart in the only game I’ve ever cheered for them.
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) January 4, 2014
Some people would find what Ikard and McCoy did unthinkable, not so much from a “send Ikard and McCoy hate mail” standpoint, but a “I’d NEVER root for OSU as an OU fan under any circumstances” standpoint. Others would be just fine with it, taking conference/state allegiance over all, especially in a Big 12 vs. SEC scenario. It seems like annually anyone outside of the SEC has been begging for the power conference to lose in the big games.
So, the age-old question: Is it OK for an OU fan to root for OSU when they’re not playing against each other, and vice versa?