BG will play OU. ESPN will want it for a Wednesday / Thursday night game.
That said, I really don't care. I think BG will be better than OU this year.
If BG and OU are the top two East schools next year (I think they will be), yes, I agree, they should play. But I think OU will be picked to win the MAC in football (OU has play in the MAC Championship three of the last six years) and OU has had its way with us in the last five years, winning four of five including three consecutive and also their last three trips to BG.
Who cares who the media picks? Lets look at OU last year. They got Kent, Temple, and rival Miami at home. They lost @ Buffalo, lost @ Ball State, won @ Akron, won @ Central, and won @ BG by 1 on a last second field goal. Their cross overs were 6-6 Ball State and 3-9 Central.
So their road schedule included the worst team in FBS, Akron, the worst team in the West, Central, a .500 Ball State team, and 3-9 Buffalo...mmmk. They got the best team they played in the MAC, Temple at home. Their rivalry game against Miami, at home. And they got to kick it off with Kent at home.
This year they get to replace, a 1,000 yard rusher, their top 2 receivers (and return man), 2 all-MAC linemen, and an all-MAC linebacker.
OU's schedule gets easier without BG. One of their crossover games is likely to be Western and probably N. Illinois, going off of who they haven't played recently.