By Derek Brown
The annual Red River Rivalry is this Saturday at 11 a.m. which got me thinking, ‘Why is this rivalry such a big one?’
For one it’s two historic teams that are in the same conference and will meet each other every year.
The coaching battle has always been interesting with Bob Stoops and Mack Brown, even with Brown’s recent struggles.
The game is played on a neutral site that is almost exactly halfway between both universities.
One of the biggest reasons I think that the OU-Texas game is so big is because of the way that the players and coaches from both schools talk about the game before hand. They act like they can wait for it. I think for fans rivalries are great but when the players are into the rivalry more than the fan, that’s when it makes it a game not to miss.
On Monday morning both Texas and OU introduced their uniforms for the Saturday match up with gold.
Both teams come into the Red River Rivalry with a perfect Big 12 record. Texas is 3-2 and the Sooners are 5-0. There’s no doubt that the Longhorns feel that if they can knock off the Sooners from a perfect record they can possibly salvage what’s left of the season. As for the Sooners they are no doubt looking for this game to be close. Texas has lost to Ole Miss and to Brigham Young earlier in the season. Along with a narrow victory against Iowa State, I think that OU would be embarrassed if the game were close.
The Sooners and the Longhorns have met 107 times. Texas leads the series 59-43-5. The last three meetings were Oklahoma victories. The Longhorns haven’t won the Red River Rivalry since 2009 with a 16-13 win.
I would bet that the Sooners will beat the Longhorns by at least two scores. Well either way I’m going to kick back and watch one of the best rivalries in the nation.