Best Rivalries of All-Time: Texas vs. Oklahoma - Fandom 250


For one Saturday every year, Texas and Oklahoma, two schools whose hatred for each other is rooted in a decades old boundary dispute, comes to a head when they meet in Dallas, Texas for the Red River Rivalry.

A game so big, that it has to be held at a neutral site equal distance from both schools to ensure fairness on both sides. It’s not just another football game on the schedule, it’s a weeklong spectacle filled with parades, festivals and fairs that culminates with OU & Texas fans splitting the Cotton Bowl Stadium in half, one-half in crimson the other in burnt orange. The big names are all there, Vince Young, Adrian Peterson, Earl Campbell, DeMarco Murray, Baker Mayfield. The prestige is there, a combined 11 national championships. But every year this game is unpredictable regardless of where the teams are ranked. Through the early 90s an unranked Longhorns team won four-straight against a consistently highly-ranked Oklahoma team. Sometimes this game is so evenly matched that it results in a tie. There have been five ties in this series, but none more historic than the 1984 Red River Rivalry Game. Texas and Oklahoma were ranked 1 & 2 in the nation. The Sooners were about to win the game leading 15-12, all they need was to get a stop against the Longhorns. Texas launched the ball into the end zone to win the game, but the pass was intercepted by the Sooners defense. Except it wasn’t, the officials called it an incomplete pass and instead of winning the game the Longhorns kicked the tying field goal to end it. Whether it’s game-tying field goals, high scoring shootouts, or hard-fought defensive games the Red River Rivalry delivers year-after-year with Oklahoma and Texas finding new reasons to keep this rivalry going.

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