The following is an excerpt from a guest post on GregSwaim.com, posted today.
OK, so this weekend’s regular season finale did not quite reach the epic level of proportions we thought it could back in August and September. I warned most that there was a lot of football to be played and that it might not be worth the time hyping a potential colossal match-up, a Game of the Century if you will, between an undefeated Oklahoma and undefeated Oklahoma State. Did that stop you? No, probably not.
While this game is no longer pretty much guaranteed to advance one team in the the BCS championship game, Bedlam is still Bedlam. And that counts for something.
In an age where we are seeing rivalries discontinued due to conference alignment, ending the regular season with a pure rivalry game is something special. So embrace this one Sooner and Cowboy fans, for you have something that is a dying breed right now.
Texas and Texas A&M? It looks to be done with the Aggies moving to the Big 12, but at least Texas A&M will have Missouri to pal around with. Texas A&M and Arkansas has great potential with the history between the two programs but it will never equal the quality of a rivalry like Texas and Texas A&M had.
West Virginia’s departure form the Big East has been anything but hospitable. With bitterness at every corner of the conference West Virginia’s move to the Big 12 is threatening the end, at least temporarily, of one of the top rivalries in the region, The Backyard Brawl between the Mountaineers and Pittsburgh. While there are no plans at the time to immediately resume that series, as a college football fan in general I hope they do not wait long. Pittsburgh is heading to the ACC, and many ACC schools play SEC rivals in the final week of the regular season. We can only hope that this allows for some form of flexibility to continue The Backyard Brawl.