The Texas football program is involved in one of the top rivalries in all of college football annually in the Red River Rivalry game.
When you think of the top rivalries in the entire country in college football throughout the history of the sport, the Texas football program is involved in one of the very best. The Red River Rivalry game takes place annually (twice during the 2018 season) at the Texas State Fairgrounds at the original Cotton Bowl in Dallas every October between the Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners.
Although the State Fair of Texas was cancelled this year in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it appears that the Red River Rivalry game is still on, at least as of the afternoon of July 19. Granted the outlook of the 2020 college football season schedule is changing by the day, and is likely to soon with the Big 12.
It is still important to recognize the significance that the Red River Rivalry game carries around the college football landscape. It is one of the very best rivalry games in the country, especially among those that aren’t dormant.
Texas now holds Oklahoma as their top rival since the in-state foe Texas A&M Aggies bolted from the Big 12 to join the SEC West prior to the start of the 2012 season. The Lone Star Showdown between the Longhorns and Aggies remained dormant since 2011.
However, the Red River Rivalry game received some recognition by one of the more notable preseason national college football magazines that was released earlier this summer. Lindy’s Magazine ranked out their take on the top college football rivalries ahead of the start of the 2020 season in their preseason edition for this year.
Lindy’s ranked Red River as the No. 4 rivalry in college football in their 2020 edition of the preseason magazine (list courtesy of USA Today Longhorns Wire). Out of the top five, Texas-Oklahoma did rank just ahead of the rivalry between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and USC Trojans.
Ahead of Red River to round out the top three (in order from bottom to top) included “The Game” between the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes, Army-Navy, and the “Iron Bowl” between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers. Army-Navy and Alabama-Auburn were tied for the top spot with Michigan-Ohio State coming in third.
The last time that Texas emerged victorious over Oklahoma in Red River was back in 2018. Texas knocked off the Sooners in the regular season edition of the rivalry, but Oklahoma got the best of them in the Big 12 Championship Game later that same year. Oklahoma also beat Texas in Red River last season.