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RE: Which rival would Oklahoma keep?
(01-18-2020 12:30 PM)Mav Wrote:  
(01-17-2020 09:14 PM)Stugray2 Wrote:  
(01-17-2020 05:58 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 05:52 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  I think they'd be obligated to keep both. OU would probably insist on reducing the number of conference games if moving to the Big Ten without UT or to the Pac without both OSU and UT.

To add to this, if the Big Ten were to pick up OU/KU and drop back to 8 conference games, they actually would slightly increase the total number of intraconference games (63 to 64). Oklahoma has 4 OOC games to play OSU, UT, and 2 G5/FCS bodybag games.

Big Ten wont go to 8. They actually seriously have discussed going to 10, since the games fans most care about are against B1G opponents.
Scheduling a bunch of FCS and MAC teams tends to lead to that. Still, the football culture there's weird. They view the Rose Bowl as just as important as the natty for some reason.

Interesting observation coming from the annex to Big Ten country, as that is what I have seen from a distance, as well. Ohio State would be the exception, as they definitely shoot for national championships, and have higher aspirations than the Rose Bowl. Michigan would fall in this category, as well, but they haven't come close in quite a while. This is probably a result of their history: 1) being the last conference to allow multiple teams to go to bowl games, and 2) the dominance of Ohio State and Michigan over so much of their history. When a B1G team other than Ohio State or Michigan goes to the Rose Bowl, it's still a Really Big Deal. Wisconsin has made a habit of going to the Rose Bowl in the last 20 years, and it's still a big deal to them.

As for Oklahoma, this part of B1G culture would be a drawback for the fans. There is a tale going around Oklahoma message boards (I can't document it, and I don't think it's true. I Googled it, and it didn't appear) that when OU played Washington State in the Rose Bowl after the 2002 season, Keith Jackson mentioned somewhere that Oklahoma "soiled the floor of the Rose Bowl" with their presence. He probably was considering OU as an outsider, not being in the B1G or Pac. Keith always respected the OU program, and even made the effort to call one last OU-Texas game and one last OU-OSU game before finally retiring. OU has appeared in it a couple of times, but the Rose Bowl is not part of the Oklahoma tradition.

As to the original question: OU will play Texas, no matter the conference, even if it is the only game on the schedule. The rivalry is that valuable to the football program and to the school. The school's entire identity is built around the OU-Texas game. School is canceled the Monday after the game when OU wins. I cannot over-emphasize the importance of that game to the university and state.
01-18-2020 07:13 PM
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RE: Which rival would Oklahoma keep? - Mav - 01-18-2020, 12:30 PM
RE: Which rival would Oklahoma keep? - johnintx - 01-18-2020 07:13 PM

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