The 108th Texas-OU AT&T Red River Rivalry kicks-off Saturday at 11 a.m. on ABC
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108th AT&T Red River Rivalry Game: A classic matchup is once again in place as one of the nation’s oldest and most-unique rivalries — the Texas/Oklahoma series — is set for its 108th renewal on Saturday (11 a.m. CT/ABC) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The rivalry, which pits the two Big 12 Conference foes on a neutral field with the crowd split evenly, is in its eighth year of sponsorship with AT&T and is officially tagged the AT&T Red River Rivalry. The two teams alternate as hosts of the game and the Longhorns are the home team this year. Texas will wear burnt orange jerseys and be seated on the home bench (west/press box side).
Big-Time Rivalry: There is no rivalry quite like the Texas/Oklahoma series, which is being played for the 108th time. The series, which began in 1900, has been played in Dallas since 1912 and at the Cotton Bowl since 1929. Dallas’ Cotton Bowl is located an equal distance from Austin and Norman, Okla. The stadium is split evenly among Longhorn and Sooner fans at the 50-yard line. It is the second-oldest UT series and tied for the 19th most-played rivalry in NCAA history. Only Texas A&M has met Texas on more occasions (117 times). Since 1900, the only years Texas and Oklahoma have not met were 1918, ‘20, ‘21 and 1924-28. The series resumed in 1929 at the State Fair of Texas and has remained a fixture since. This is the 91st meeting in Dallas between the teams.
The Texas-OU Series: Texas and Oklahoma first met in 1900 in Austin with the Longhorns registering a 28-2 victory. Texas holds a 59-43-5 series lead, including a 47-39-4 edge in Dallas. The teams have split the last eight meetings, though the Sooners have won the last three. UT is the only Big 12 Conference team that holds an all-time series lead against the Sooners. As for records by decade, Oklahoma led 6-4 in the 2000s, while the Horns led 7-2-1 in the 1990s. That comes after the Sooners held a 5-4-1 advantage in the 1980s. The rest of the series records by decade saw UT lead 9-2-1 in the 1900s; OU lead 6-3 in the 1910s; UT lead 3-0 in the 1920s; UT lead 6-3-1 in the 1930s; UT lead 8-2 in the 1940s; OU lead 7-3 in the 1950s; UT lead 9-1 in the 1960s; and OU lead 6-3-1 in the 1970s.
Off To The Fair: The Texas/Oklahoma game is once again a part of a state festival with the State Fair of Texas surrounding the event. That continues a tradition which began in 1929. That year, the game was played in an old wooden structure called Fair Park Stadium, which was located on what is now a parking lot at Fair Park. A new stadium, also named Fair Park Stadium, was built in 1930 and renamed in 1936 as the Cotton Bowl. The name change came about because, at the time, Dallas was the largest interior spot cotton market in the world.
Lights, Camera, Action: ABC is broadcasting this year’s game, which marks the 61st time the Texas/Oklahoma matchup will be televised. ABC will be carrying the game for the 22nd time in the past 23 years. FOX Sports Southwest’s telecast of the 1998 game snapped a string of seven consecutive contests carried by ABC. Forty-two UT/OU games have been network telecasts. The first-ever television appearance came in 1948 when a Fort Worth station carried the game live. Excluding OU television probation years (1974-75 and ‘89), the game is being televised for the 37th year in a row.
The Battle Line: One of the unique characteristics of the Texas/OU rivalry is the colors. With the tickets divided equally, burnt orange and crimson split down the middle. OU claims the south horseshoe from the 50-yard line and UT the horseshoe north of midfield. As the home team, the Longhorns will wear orange jerseys and occupy the west bench area (the press box side) with that role reversing next season.
The Golden Hat: To the victor goes the Golden Hat, a rotating trophy representing the winner of the Texas/Oklahoma contest. It’s a gold cowboy hat mounted on a large block of wood and it has been a part of the series since the State Fair of Texas donated it in 1941. The only change has been the actual color. When it first arrived, it was known as the “Bronze Hat” and actually was bronze. When that hat was reworked in the 1970s, it came out gold, hence it is now officially known as the Golden Hat.
Governor’s Cup: The Governor’s Cup is exchanged by the Governors of Texas and Oklahoma following the AT&T Red River Rivalry. The tradition started when Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe donated the trophy, and each year it is transported from the office of the previous year’s winning Governor to Dallas. It is displayed in the Hall of State on game day and then transported to the office of that year’s winning Governor after it has received its engraving.
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