Which three former Sooners are the most unlikable for both the players and fans of the Texas football program since the turn of the century?
At this point, the biggest rival that the Texas football program faces on an annual basis (by a big margin) is the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry game. Now that the Texas A&M Aggies don’t play Texas on an annual basis anymore, the Lone Star Showdown has lost a lot of its luster and relevance.
While the hatred is definitely still present between the Longhorns and Aggies in almost every way possible, there’s not much to decide who holds the edge in the rivalry anymore. They’ve only met in any generally broad profit college sport once in the last five years in any meaningful sense. Texas did face Texas A&M in men’s hoops during the 2019-20 regular season, in Fort Worth.
But now that the Longhorns and Aggies no longer face each other on an annual basis (since 2011) since Texas A&M bolted from the Big 12 to join the SEC West, there is even more bad blood in the Red River Rivalry. Texas and Oklahoma are the two blue bloods that make the Big 12 look best when they’re at the top.
The fact that the Big 12 is at its best when the Longhorns and Sooners are at their best is a bit problematic this fall. Texas and Oklahoma have a combined four losses in Big 12 play through just three weeks of the conference slate. Neither is ranked at the moment too.
Moreover, the fact that both Texas and Oklahoma are down this year doesn’t halt any bit of the bad blood. And there’s a lot to look back on in this rivalry since the turn of the century that impacts how each feel about each other.
With that in mind, here’s a look back at the three most unlikable Oklahoma football players in the Red River Rivalry with the Longhorns since 2000.