DALLAS – Every time the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns meet, the flame of Red River rivalry is reignited.
The Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) and Longhorns (4-1, 2-0) are ranked nationally in first place in the Big 12 Conference, but that will take a backseat this Saturday when they meet. As every matchup between them used to be, the stands should be packed, with fans divided in favor of one another at the 50-yard line. The aroma of food from the fair will fill the atmosphere of the 92,100-seat Cotton Bowl Stadium.
When Oklahoma beat Texas in extra series last October, the crowd was limited to about 24,000 fans and the Texas State Fair was closed for the first time since World War II due to the pandemic.
“I am excited that we can return to Cotton bowl with a more normal atmosphere. I missed that from the big game last year, “Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said.” We say it every year, but I think it can never be understated: one of the best parts of this job is getting to coach, play and compete for this game. “
“I’m from Arp, Texas, with a population of 900, and you’ll see a lot of people ride the bus for this game,” said Texas linebacker DeMarvion Overshown, who had a career-high 11 tackles with an interception against Oklahoma. last year. “I tell (rookies) to enjoy it. It’s a feeling that not many people experience, so you have to enjoy the experience, but when we hit the field, it’s time to focus because we have a job to do.”
Spencer Rattler and the Sooners have a 13-game winning streak that began with that 53-45 win over the Longhorns.
Rattler threw two touchdowns in overtime after being on the bench for part of the first half due to a poor start.
The Longhorns have scored 160 points and won three games in a row since losing to Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference, which will be joined by the Sooners and Longhorns no later than 2025.
“Honestly, I don’t think the SEC has much of an impact on this game. That will happen when it does,” Riley said. “I don’t know if you could add more intensity or importance to this game.”
THOMPSON AND HIS FAMILY
Casey Thompson is the rare case of an Oklahoma-born player who is currently a Texas quarterback.
His father, Charles Thompson, was a quarterback for the Sooners from 1988 to 1989. But Casey forged his own path, waiting three seasons behind Sam Ehlinger before being named a starter in Game 3 this season.
“He talks a lot about his own personality. He chose to go where he thought was best for him,” said the Texas coach, Steve Sarkisian. “He wanted to be a Longhorn despite adversity, being a backup, not being named a starter. With that perseverance, he was able to overcome that because that was his choice.” Riley and Sarkisian, coaches for both teams, posted their 50 career wins last Saturday.
Riley is 50-8, and the only Oklahoma coach to get 50 wins faster was Barry Switzer, in 56 games. Sarkisian is 4-1 at Texas after posting a 34-29 record in five seasons at Washington and 12-6 at USC.