Head coach Bob Stoops made it clear during Oklahoma’s Media Day that he wants the Bedlam rivalry game moved to the final weekend of the year: championship weekend.
“If you’re one of the teams that has a chance to be in the playoff, you’d want to have a presence that weekend, I would think,” Stoops said.
This obviously makes sense. Like, too much sense. Why in the world is the Big 12 not already doing this? It shouldn’t just be Bedlam either. The Baylor/Texas game should be moved back as well.
If you are trying to make the College Football Playoff and there are teams making an impression on that last weekend while you are sitting at home with a bye week, it would obviously hurt your stock. Just ask Baylor and TCU. This isn’t lost on Stoops either.
“I’ve been both sides overall, but, you know, if you’re one of the teams that has a chance to be in the playoff, you’d want to have a presence that weekend” Stoops said. “That would be my feeling. And keep calling Mike [Gundy], maybe we could switch that late.”
The Big 12’s round-robin format provides plenty strength of schedule, so it’s understandable if the conference doesn’t want to play a championship game. However, two in-state rivalries, new blood vs old blood, could be just what the Big 12 needs to keep them in the forefront as the CFP Committee makes its final determination.
The likelihood of the game being moved back this year is slim to none though as Jake Trotter of ESPN pointed out that June is the deadline to make schedule changes.
Re: Stoops wanting Bedlam moved back to final w/e. Per Big 12, deadline for any potential scheduling adjustments was June 1.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 8, 2015
This is something that obviously needs to happen in the future though.