Former OU coach Sunny Golloway believed elevating the non-conference schedule with nearby conference foes would provide an RPI escalation. He was an advocate of adding a second non-conference Bedlam game and OSU coach Josh Holiday agreed.
The contract was in place before Hughes was hired in July. He’s not sold on the potential for boosting the Sooners’ RPI.
“I don’t know that we’ll get a great benefit from it,” he said.
The Sooners and Cowboys could both use some RPI help. OU is currently No. 62. OSU is No. 152. Poor non-conference schedules are the reason for the low rankings. The Sooners are at No. 110 in that department. OSU: No. 239.
Both will rise as Big 12 play kicks in. Both teams still have six conference series remaining, including the Bedlam series May 15-17.
Perhaps Hughes’ opinion will change after he gets fully indoctrinated to Bedlam. He admitted he’d never heard of it until he left Virginia Tech to become OU’s head coach.
“I’ve certainly researched it, I’ve certainly been part of it in the different sports that have come through our campus with football and both basketballs and wrestling and I think it’s just an awesome rivalry,” he said. “I think it’s great for college athletics. I think it’s great for our school so I can’t wait to be a part of it. It starts tomorrow night. It’s a pretty historic event as far as the traditions that are at both campuses so that’s pretty neat.”
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