It’s that time once a year where two old rivals meet in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Those two rivals names are Texas and Oklahoma. They call it the Red River Rivalry because of the river that separates the states of Texas and Oklahoma. This rivalry runs deep in tradition, history and just flat out hate for the other side. On the Oklahoma Sooner side fans yell” Boomer Sooner” and love to hate Texas. On the Texas side fans yell “Hook em” and of course “OU still sucks.”
I was born in Houston, Texas and make no mistake about it I’m a huge Texas Longhorn fan. I love burnt orange and the loud Swagger that Texas always brings into a football game. Plain and simple i just don’t like Oklahoma. I despise the stupid OU on their helmet or their lame fans. Some of my heartaches as a Texas fan have been caused by Oklahoma.Texas leads the all time series between the two teams 59-42. From 2000-2004 Texas just couldn’t hang with Oklahoma and lost in resounding fashion every single time.
Back in 2005 i went to this game when i was 16. The atmosphere was electric, the crowd was split 50-50. The crimson red on one side for Oklahoma and the burnt Orange side for Texas. Texas rolled over Oklahoma 45-12, behind 4 touchdown passes from Vince Young. Texas also went on to win the National Championship that season, while Oklahoma slumped to an 8-5 season.
After the 2005, Oklahoma didn’t stay down for long. They won the big 12 championship from 2006-2008 and in 2010. Oklahoma even advanced to play for the National Championship in 2008 but lost to the Tim Tebow led Florida Gators.
The names in this rivalry are legend, you have great player and coaches for the Oklahoma side in: Barry Switzer, Bob Stoops(coaches), Adrian Peterson, Demarco Murray, Jason White, Roy Williams, Billy Sims, Joe Washington(players). For the Texas side some of the great players and coaches are: Mack Brown, Darrell K. Royal(coaches), Vince Young, Colt McCoy, Ricky Williams, Earl Campbell, Jordan Shipley and Brian Orkapo.
Last Season Oklahoma punched Texas right in the mouth and they never got up. They lost 55-17, the sooners dominated right from the kickoff. The play i remember from the game is Jammel Flemming ripping the football right out of Mike Davis hands and racing in for a touchdown. It was like Oklahoma took Texas’s will right from them and weren’t going to give it back. This year both teams come in at 4-1 and Texas will probably have revenge on their minds from the spanking that they took last season. The Sooners come in with weapons galore as Quarterback Landry Jones is at the controls for Oklahoma. Mr. Jones is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. He has a stable of talented running backs he can give the ball to in: Damien Williams, Brennan Clay and Dominque Whaley. They also have very good wide receivers in Kenny Stills, Trey Metoyer and Sterling Shepperd. Texas is no slouch either they boast a very talented defense with talented defensive ends Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor looking to put pressure on the quarterback. Their offense is led by sophomore quarterback David Ash, who seems to be making strides in his first year starting. Texas has a plethora of very good running backs in: Malcolm Brown, Jonathon Gray and Joe Bergeron. They also have capable pass catchers that can give the OU defense problems such as: Mike Davis, Jaxson Shipley and D.J Grant.
As in all Texas-OU games expect the unexpected. I think if Texas can put pressure on Landry Jones, then can be in for a long day because he doesn’t do well under duress. Texas can work the clock with their horses in the backfield, not turn the ball over then they should be right there at end. To me this game is about pride, respect and of course bragging rights. If you win your extacy but if you lose your in agony. There’s nothing like Texas-OU weekend, It’s about Texas Fight vs Boomer Sooner. It all comes to a head in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl. Let Red River Rivalry 2012 begin!!!!!!!