AT&T Red River Rivalry
Red River Shootout, Red River Rivalry, Texas-O.U., O.U.-Texas ... whatever name you call it, it's still one of the greatest rivalries in American sports.
The 2012 football clash will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13 in The Cotton Bowl at Fair Park. Kickoff time to be announced.
The matchups over the years are legendary:
- Texas coach Darrell Royal versus (his mentor) Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson.
- Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer versus Texas running back Earl Campbell (whom Switzer had tried to recruit).
- Oklahoma quarterback Jason White dissecting the Texas secondary with his passes, leading to a record 52-point margin victory (and the Heisman Trophy for White).
But when all is said and done, few argue the greatest matchup of all is always the Red River Rivalry. You may know it as the Texas-OU game ... or the OU-Texas game (depending on which team you support).
Since 1900, it has become one of college football's most eagerly anticipated games. The game usually has conference championship significance and, sometimes, national championship significance. Since 1945, one or both of the two teams has gone into the contest ranked among the top 25 teams more than 90 percent of the time.
Meanwhile, The Dallas Morning News poll of 119 Division 1A football coaches resulted in the Texas-OU football game being named the third greatest college football rivalry of all time, behind Ohio State-Michigan and Army-Navy.
Adding to the game's pageantry is the fact it always takes place during the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park. And, three trophies get exchanged depending on the outcome of the game – the Golden Hat (a gold, ten-gallon cowboy hat); the Red River Rivalry trophy (kept by the student government of the winning school); and the Governor's Trophy.
Few college games enjoy such prestige, excitement and turnout as does the Red River Rivalry, which takes place each year in The Cotton Bowl.