What will the Big 12 schedule look like in 2026? Will there be divisions? Pods? Who knows, but apparently the Cowboys are playing the Racers.
Oklahoma State and Murray State will meet Sept. 19, 2026 in Boone Pickens Stadium, according to FBS Schedules. It’ll be the first meeting between the two squads, and OSU will pay Murray State $450,000 to come to Stillwater, according to the report.
The conference schedule is still TBD in 2023 much less 2026, but OSU also has nonconference games scheduled with Tulsa (away) and Oregon (home) for that season.
Located in Kentucky, Murray State plays at the FCS level in the Ohio Valley Conference, but the Racers are set to join the Missouri Valley Conference in 2023. They went 6-5 in the 2021 season, a season where they played two games against FBS opponents, a 42-7 loss to Cincinnati and a 27-10 loss to Bowling Green.
As for the Cowboys, things will look quite a bit different in 2026. Assuming the college football landscape doesn’t get completely uprooted by then, the Big 12 will be without Oklahoma and Texas, but Cincinnati, UCF, Houston and BYU are all set to join the league ahead of the 2023 season.
Assuming the Cowboys still play three nonconference games a season in the new look league, OSU has nonconference spots to fill in 2024 and 2025 ahead of that 2026 meeting. For what it’s worth, Oklahoma has all three of it’s nonconference games filled in 2024 and 2025, according to FBS Schedules, meaning it could be a while before a nonconference Bedlam game. The first season where both teams have an opening is in 2028.
OSU’s future nonconference opponents
2022: Central Michigan, Arizona State, Pine Bluff
2023: Central Arkansas, at Arizona State, South Alabama
2024: Arkansas, at Tulsa
2025: at Oregon, Tulsa
2026: at Tulsa, Oregon, Murray State
2027: Western Illinois, at Arkansas, Tulsa
2028: at Tulsa, Alabama
2029: at Alabama, Tulsa
2030: at Tulsa
2033: at Arkansas
2034: at Nebraska
2037: at Colorado
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