Across college football, there is no true analog for the atmosphere in the Cotton Bowl during the Red River Shootout. In addition, nothing during the regular season can compare to the crowd reaction created when one team scores on the side of the stadium filled by opposing fans.
After a big win over OU on Saturday from the Cotton Bowl, football isn't the only thing that's fun again. Recruiting is sure to see an uptick over the final stretch of 2019's class. On-field success coupled with the resources and amenities of Austin usually equals recruiting success. Tom Herman could always evaluate and recruit, now he's got a winning program to sell. The Inside Scoop delivers.
Through three-and-a-half quarters, the Red River Shootout was all Texas. The Longhorn offense rolled a Sooner defense, and the Texas defense did well to limit the explosive Oklahoma offense, with Texas holding a two score lead. But with 2:38 left in the game, Kyler Murray and Trey Sermon helped OU tie the game at 45.
e knew Texas would have a good chance to attack a vulnerable (and somehow overrated) Oklahoma defense, and also that they'd have their hands full keeping an explosive Sooner offense at check. I'm not sure if anyone foresaw that outcome though, in which the Longhorns were in position to start shoveling dirt on the Sooners before they emerged from the ground like John C Reilly to re-engage the Horns.
The biggest game of the year is here between 4-1 Texas and 5-0 Oklahoma. The IT staff gives predictions, analyzes what needs to happen for Texas to win, and gives a favorite memory from the rivalry.
What's the best way to get recruits to watch OU football? Give them tickets to a Texas game. This year is the Sooners' turn to host and there will be a few common targets in attendance. More important than who is at the game is the outcome. The virtuous circle of winning begetting elite recruits begetting winning would get a nice boost if Texas could pull out the win. If this team sticks to its profile of playing 'up' to its competition we should be in for a dandy 24 hours time.
Quarterback play at Oklahoma has been nothing short of third team All-America level since Lincoln Riley arrived as the Sooner offensive coordinator in 2015. Those three seasons were with 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at the helm, putting up hefty numbers in Riley’s unique offense.
The 2008 Red River Shootout was the second of three consecutive I attended. It was easily the most exciting and rewarding live game I’ve attended in any sport. Because of the scarring that had resulted from five consecutive defeats to Bob Stoops’ Sooners, there wasn’t a ton of confidence going into any of these games even though Texas ended up finishing 3-1 against OU during the Colt McCoy era.