It is truly depressing that this rivalry, once as or more heralded than OU vs. Texas or Alabama vs. Auburn, has fallen this far.
There's plenty of blame to go around.
Money. The formation of the Big 12 came about so schools could profit off of a lucrative conference championship game, and while that may have happened, it also threw the competitive balance of the league out of whack, making the South division the top dog.
But while that may be depressing, the real loss here is that fans who grew up on Oklahoma and Nebraska were robbed of something of great importance to them.
How would Crimson Tide fans feel if the Iron Bowl had to take a two-year hiatus every two years? How would Texas and OU feel if they were stripped of their media-hyped Red River Rivalry, something that only really came into existence thanks to the formation of the Big 12.
The real losers here are the people of my generation. Sure, it sucks for the long-time fans who had the rivalry stripped of them. But I was too young to remember or even properly comprehend the magnitude of the rivalry.
Hell, all of the players currently on the teams have to watch highlight videos to even have a clue of what they are participating in.
For fans my age, the rivalry only lives on through YouTube, and I for one feel robbed of something very special.
Please, for the love of all that is good and holy in college football, please find a way to alter the scheduling to bring this rivalry back.