The 2020 season is clearly pretty unique with its own place in history due to COVID and the abnormal scheduling. The Red River Shootout should also be bizarre and interesting due to the limited seating and of course the precarious state of affairs for both teams going into the game.
It’s RRS week but I‘m far less concerned by what downtrodden OU will do to Texas than I am what Texas will do to Texas. UT’s issues are internal and all-too-often self-inflicted. This Shootout features two teams with its side-by-side shotgun barrel tied in a knot. Whichever team unties the knot, wins.
In the last decade the Red River Shootout has featured two teams either looking to establish itself as the top dog in the conference, or a Texas team trying to make up for early-season struggles and serve as spoiler to Oklahoma’s quest to remain in the national title conversation.
Lincoln Riley’s Oklahoma program consistently draws the top offensive talent in the nation to Norman. Baker Mayfield was succeeded by Kyler Murray, followed by Jalen Hurts. Dede Westbrook was succeeded Marquise Brown, followed by CeeDee Lamb.