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- Written by Ed Staton
- Published: 03 Jun 2023
The Texas vs Oklahoma Red River Showdown Rivalry is one of the longest and most intense rivalries in college football. The game dates all the way back to 1900, when Texas and Oklahoma first faced off on a football field. Since then, these two teams have met more than 115 times, with Texas holding the victory advantage in head-to-head matchups. Although the series is currently led by Texas, the rivalry remains incredibly competitive and both teams always leave their all on the field when they face off.
The Red River Rivalry is so much more than just a football game: it's a tradition. Every year, the two schools set up shop on either side of the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas for what is known as the Red River Showdown. Fans come from all over Texas and Oklahoma to cheer on their respective team in a battle of intense competition, pageantry, and good-natured ribbing.
The rivalry between these two teams has also become an important part of college football history. Over the years, some of the greatest players in the game have played in this rivalry, and many of them went on to become legends. In addition, some of the greatest college football moments have taken place during these games, giving fans something to remember for years to come.
The winner of the game has often gone on to lift the Big 12 Conference Championship and earn a chance to play for a national title. And now, as both schools prepare for their move to the SEC, the Red River Rivalry's outcome will have even broader implications on the conference standings.
Bragging Rights Extend Beyond Wins and Losses
Fans from Norman and Austin alike find themselves in a constant battle for bragging rights, hoping to one-up their counterparts from the opposing side. But this rivalry extends far beyond just the wins and losses on the field. So let's take a closer look at this storied matchup and focus on the Bragging Rights each school has over the other. We'll compare national championships, most lopsided wins, number of Heisman Trophy winners and much more.
Oklahoma vs Texas Bragging Rights
|Longest Series Win Streak||8 (1940-47) & (1958-65)||6 (1952-57)|
|Biggest Series Win||49-0 (2022)||65-13 (2003)|
|National Championships||(4) 1963, 1969, 1970 & 2005||(7) 1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985 & 2000|
|College Football Playoff Appearances||4||0|
|Heisman Trophy Winners||2||7|
|Pro Football Hall of Famers||5||4|
|NFL MVP Winners||(1) Earl Campbell 1979||(1) Adrian Peterson 2012|
|Biggest Stadium||Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium 100,119||Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium 80,126|
FAQ About the Texas vs Oklahoma Rivalry
Q. Why is the Longhorns vs. Sooners game called the Red River Rivalry
A. The game received its nickname due to its close proximity to the Red River, which separates Texas and Oklahoma.
Q. Which campus is closer to Cotton Bowl Stadium
A. The University of Texas campus is 196 miles from the game's location while the University of Oklahoma is 190 miles away.
Q. When was the Cotton Bowl Stadium built and what is its seating capacity
A. The stadium was built in 1930 and has a capacity of 92,100 seats. This makes it one of the largest stadiums in the United States.
Q. What trophy is presented to the winner of the game
A. Since 1941, the winning team is presented the Golden Hat Trophy. The trophy features a gold cowboy hat mounted on a large block of wood.
Q. How can you get tickets for the game
A. The easiest way to get tickets is by purchasing them through official NCAA-licensed ticket resellers such as StubHub or Ticketmaster. Tickets usually become available several months before the game takes place and prices may vary depending on availability. If you’d rather attempt to snag a couple of seats directly from either school, it can be done but requires more effort and time due to their limited inventory of seats given away for this highly anticipated matchup each season.