As the scent of deep-fried everything seeps into the Cotton Bowl and kickoff approaches, one scene seemingly captures the magnitude of the Red River Rivalry perfectly: the bus ride to the entrance of the Cotton Bowl. “You look out the window of your bus and you’ve got an 8-year-old kid going double bird at you, and right next to him is an 88-year-old woman going double bird the same way.”
ESPN’s College GameDay, high ticket prices and most importantly the number next to Texas’ name have put the national spotlight back on the classic at the Cotton Bowl. If Texas wants to capitalize on the buildup and spotlight, here’s what it’ll have to do.
We're nearly halfway through the college football regular season and some teams are beginning to make the jump into the top tier while others are looking to avoid sliding further. Here's where each Big 12 team sits going into Week Six:
With both teams ranked heading into the Red River Rivalry for the first time since 2012, Saturday’s matchup between Texas and Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl has all the ingredients for another classic edition in a historic rivalry. A win on Saturday will propel either team in prime position in the Big 12 title race. Here are four Sooners who will be pivotal difference makers in deciding who leaves Dallas with the significant victory.
Editor’s Note: In the spirit of the University of Texas’ friendly rivalry with the University of Oklahoma, the editorial boards of The Daily Texan and The Oklahoma Daily have exchanged editorials. Read The Daily Texan editorial here.
As Texas and Oklahoma meet in the Red River Rivalry for the 113th time on Saturday, the two programs are both ranked for the first time since 2012, giving this game huge implications for the Big 12 title race. Whichever team leaves Dallas with a victory will undoubtedly sit atop the conference rankings and jump multiple other teams in the AP Top 25 Poll.