Texas up for Oklahoma showdown

Texas-OU is almost ready to go, and the Horns are up for the annual Red River Showdown (Photo by texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — There’s nothing quite like the Texas-Oklahoma game played annually at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on the grounds of the State Fair of Texas.

Despite the two teams’ coaches trying to downplay Saturday's Red River Showdown with clichés like “it’s the next game on our schedule” and “we’re just trying to go 1-0 this week” both side know the stakes are high, for this season and for success in recruiting for future classes.

This will be the first time since 2012 that both teams will enter this game ranked in the AP top 25, with Texas at No. 19 and Oklahoma at No. 7. 

“I think you play aggressive when you are the underdog,” Texas coach Tom Herman said. “There’s that attitude that you don’t have a lot to lose, so you empty the tank and don’t leave anything behind. Play aggressive, play loose.”


Steve Habel

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .

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