Holiday bedlam: Sooners-Cowboys game moved

Told ya so. The previous post, from a month ago:

Note that as of this schedule, OU vs. OSU is still slated for October 27 in Norman. Last year, this game was moved to Thanksgiving weekend sometime in April or May, so it may yet change.

Announcement today from the Big 12:

OKLAHOMA CITY — This year’s football game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be played on Nov. 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Big 12 Conference said Monday.

The game, which will be in Norman, had been scheduled for Oct. 27. The change was requested for television coverage reasons.

It will be the third straight year, and the seventh time in the last nine years, that the Bedlam game will be played on the holiday weekend.

The last two years, the game also was scheduled for earlier in the season before being moved to Thanksgiving weekend.

The Bedlam game will continue in that spot on the schedule for the foreseeable future, as Big 12 schedules released last December have the game set for the holiday weekend through the 2015 season.

[…] the Sooners and Cowboys now will each have an open date on Oct. 27.

Oklahoma State has consistently supported playing the Bedlam game on Thanksgiving weekend, while Oklahoma generally has preferred to have an open date, citing a desire to keep the holiday weekend open for athletes and fans and also to have an extra week to prepare if the Sooners competed in the Big 12 Championship game the following week.

Our online Events calendar has been update. As of this writing, neither the official Sooner football schedule nor I have any information on the date of Homecoming 2007. If you make me guess, I’ll now say November 3 – OU plays Texas in Dallas on October 6, Mizzou at Columbia on October 13, and Iowa State at Ames on October 20, and now October 27 is an open date. On November 3, the Sooners host Texas A&M. It seems a logical date for homecoming, but that rarely means anything.

When the Campus Activities Council decides, we’ll let you know. (That links shows us that College Bowl begins tomorrow, so go Sooner Scholars!)

2008 football schedule posted

…and it includes another Friday night game at Tulsa, for everyone in the northeast part of Oklahoma. It’s the only game for which we currently have a scheduled kick-off time: 7:00 PM, telecast on ESPN2.

Gregg Easterbrook may finally have a point – after years of complaining that “football factory schools like Oklahoma” play more home games than away games by counting the Texas game as a “home” game in even-numbered years, Oklahoma this year actually does play more games in Norman than at other places – three non-conference home games before Tulsa, one home game the week after Texas, then one road trip and three conference games at home, for a total of seven games at Owen Field. We don’t know which game will be Homecoming 2007 yet, though. (Or, at least, I don’t.)

Note that as of this schedule, OU vs. OSU is still slated for October 27 in Norman. Last year, this game was moved to Thanksgiving weekend sometime in April or May, so it may yet change. If it doesn’t change, the Sooners (and The Pride) not only have seven home games, they have no “bye” weeks during the regular season – they’d just have Thanksgiving weekend off before a hopeful Big 12 Championship appearance.

The full band travels to Tulsa and Texas, so that’s at least 9 games out of 12 for The Pride in 2007 – yow! It’s going to be a busy fall!

The full football schedule is part of the “events calendar,” both online and on your own desktop, so check that out if you haven’t.