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Major College Football Rivalry Is Ending Because Of Conference Realignment

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Conference realignment is shaking up the college football world. Unfortunately, one major college football rivalry won't be sticking around because of it. 

The Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State rivalry, which has been played 116 times in football, will no longer be an annual game. The rivalry will come to an end when the Sooners transition over from the Big 12 to SEC. 

Conference realignment is supposed to be a step forward for the sport. But this feels like one giant step back. Enjoy these last few years of the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State rivalry because it won't be around much longer. 

"Bedlam Series b/w Oklahoma & Oklahoma State is done when OU joins SEC, both ADs told @ActionNetworkHQ. Bedlam Series is latest iconic rivalry destroyed by conference realignment," said Brett McMurphy. 

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione accuses Oklahoma State of showing a lack of interest in scheduling the rivalry during the non-conference portion of schedules. It's plausible the Cowboys are trying to send a message to the Sooners for ditching the Big 12 for SEC. 

“Oklahoma State has shown no interest to schedule any future games in football, so we’re moving on," said Castiglione, via the Sports Business Journal.

Conference realignment could all be worth it down the road. But right now it appears to be a significant step back. 

Oklahoma hosts Oklahoma State later this season on Nov. 19.