3. Cotton Bowl
One of the craziest atmospheres that the Longhorns play in year in and year out during the Big 12 slate is the Red River Rivalry game against the Oklahoma Sooners. This coming season, the Red River Rivalry game during the regular season slate is supposed to be played on Oct. 10 at the Texas State Fairgrounds and original Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Bowlsby has already mentioned how difficult it could be for the Red River Rivalry game to be played in Dallas with fans this year. It is understandable how a cram-packed Cotton Bowl of more than 90,000 fans on top of players and team personnel would be a problem in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Red River could still happen at the original Cotton Bowl, it will be difficult to keep all of those hundreds of thousands of fans and visitors at the Texas State Fair in place during the weekend. The Texas State Fair in and of itself could run into problems, although it is reportedly still set to go on as planned this fall.
It’s very difficult to imagine a Red River Rivalry game without any fans, since this is usually such a special weekend. Even if there’s limited fans in place at the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 10, it just won’t be the same. This might not benefit any one team, but it will take a lot away from the unique atmosphere of this annual rivalry game.