OU-Texas Game Goes Beyond Tailgating
There’s the rivalry.
There’s the atmosphere.
And there’s the party.
The Red River Rivalry – the annual OU-Texas game held at the Teas State Fairgrounds – is Saturday, Oct. 10, and it’s the biggest social scene on the weekend in college football.
It starts on Friday in Dallas and rolls all through the city. Then it spills over to the fair on Saturday morning and for the winning team, continues well into the night. Kickoff is early – think eggs and kegs – at 11 a.m., Central Time.
The game is to Oklahoma and Texas what the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail party is to Georgia and Florida.
Red River Rivalry On Twitter
Like that game, which takes place on Halloween, the stands are 50/50 for the teams. And fans are excited. Here’s a sampling fro Twitter posts:
— Addie Perkins (@addiesue1) October 6, 2015
— Juan Montes de Oca (@juanmdo24) October 6, 2015
Then there’s the history.
The game began in 1900 and has been played in Dallas since 1912 and at the Cotton Bowl since 1929. It’s equal distance for both schools, which are separated by the Red River.
And they don’t like each other.
Red River Rivalry Events
Here’s a few of the related party events:
• Texas Red River Rivalry Pep Rally: Friday, 1p.m.-4 p.m. at University Co-op, 7700 W. Northwest Hwy in Dallas. See Bevo, the UT Spirit Squad and meet former UT quarterback Peter Gardere.
• The OU Beat Texas Party: Friday, 8 pm. at the Hilton Lincoln Centre. Tickets are $30, $25 for OU Club of Dallas members. Appearances by The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, Sooner Spirit Squads, Ruf/Neks and mascots.
• Dallas Texas Exes Pre-Game Tailgate: Saturday, 7 a.m. at the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park, Inside Gate 5 at Grand Ave in the Fairgrounds (between Classic Car Corral and Natural Science Museum). Admission is free.
OU will go into the game a huge favorite as Texas’ program is sideways. The Sooners have also won 10 of the last 15 meetings. But strange things happen in rivalry games.