Texas vs. OU gets a new kickoff time for first SEC tilt

Quinn Ewers, Texas football
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For the first time since 2017, the Red River Rivalry game between Texas football and the Oklahoma Sooners will not be played at the customary time of 11 a.m. CT. Per Brett McMurphy of the Action Network, the kickoff time for Red River between Texas and Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas will be 2:30 p.m. CT on Oct. 12.

Texas football vs. OU to kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CT this year

This will be the first Red River matchup between the Longhorns and Sooners in the SEC in 2024. The kickoff time will be a few hours later than Texas and Oklahoma fans have become accustomed to, with most Red River games starting at 11 a.m. CT in the last decade.

Red River will be nationally televised live on ABC or ESPN. The annual rivalry game will stay at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas at the Texas State Fairgrounds, despite the move for Texas and Oklahoma leaving the Big 12 for the SEC this year.

The switch from the 11 a.m. CT kickoff slot to 2:30 p.m. could be a move that Red River sticks with moving forward with the broadcast being on ABC/ESPN instead of FOX. When Texas and Oklahoma were still in the Big 12, the last half-dozen meetings for Red River were broadcast live on FOX.

The last time Texas and Oklahoma had a 2:30 p.m. kickoff time for Red River was when the game was broadcast on ESPN in 2017. That 2017 Red River matchup resulted in an overtime victory for the Sooners when Baker Mayfield battled Sam Ehlinger in an exciting game.

Texas is 63-51-5 in the all-time series against Oklahoma. The Sooners have won five of the last six matchups against the Longhorns. The last time Texas beat Oklahoma was a decisive 49-0 shutout win in 2022.

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