Texas vs Oklahoma ranks at the top of the list of the greatest college football games in the history of the sport. The Red River Showdown (aka: Red River Rivalry & Red River Shootout) has been a top college football rivalry game for decades. The Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns have been playing each other in football since 1900. Their early games were home match-ups that rotated between Norman, Oklahoma and Austin, Texas. In 1912, Texas & Oklahoma played in Dallas for the first time, and the atmosphere for the neutral site TX/OU was such a hit that in 1914 the schools moved the game to Dallas permanently. Every meeting since then has been played in Dallas, with the majority of them being hosted at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium.
This games is known by many names; Oklahoma fans call it the OU Texas game, while Longhorns flip that around to Texas OU weekend. Many folks know it as the Red River Shootout or Red River Showdown. Since corporate sponsorship's have gotten involved some have taken to calling it the Red River Rivalry. One thing that all fans who have attended will agree upon is that the Texas Oklahoma match-up at the Cotton Bowl is a truly unique football game. There are other legendary rivalries in college football, but few can match the excitement of this big game in early October.
That game is played in the Cotton Bowl during the State Fair of Texas, so you are literally walking through carnival booths and rides to get to the stadium. Once you leave the sounds and smells of the State Fair to walk into the Cotton Bowl, you then are witness to one of the great pictures in college football. The crowd at the Cotton Bowl is split into two distinct halves; the crimson-clad fans of OU sit on one side and Texas fans on the other. The fans split the 50-yard line; Texas' side runs from Section 6 to Section 24, OU's is 24 to 36 and 1 to 6. Sections 6 and 24, where the two sides overlap, are equally split. In Section 6, seats 1-14 are OU's, while seats 15-28 are reserved for Texas. Section 24's seats 1-14 are for Texas and seats 15-28 are for OU.
The split seating is one of the factors that make TX OU tickets so expensive because few fans are willing to sit on the opponent's side of the field. The fans at TX OU are not just colorful, they are also plenty loud and there is a lot of taunting going back-and-forth. The Cotton Bowl holds close to 100,000 fans and many of them are right on top of the field, including OU fans who surround the entrance tunnel the players walk thru before the game. The energy of the crowd pulses through the stadium and it is impossible not to get excited in the stands.
For fans who have purchased Oklahoma-Texas tickets in the past, they already know the State Fair is awesome and the atmosphere inside the Cotton Bowl is incredible. What makes the Texas vs Oklahoma game even better is that both teams are really good football programs. Many years this game is not just to help decide the Conference Championship game match-up, it is often a springboard to a spot in the College Football Playoff, and possibly the National Championship Gane. Texas and Oklahoma often come in highly ranked, so whoever wins has an inside track to the Big 12 Championship Game and possibly the College Football Playoff. Watching these top teams compete in the unique Cotton Bowl atmosphere where the fans are so intense is something to behold.
How do I get cheap Texas OU tickets?
TicketCity offers a large selection of Texas OU tickets, which includes some of the lowest-priced tickets on the market. Red River Showdown ticket prices fluctuate based on demand for both Texas and Oklahoma leading up to the game. The rivalry game is one of the best in college football annually, so if you are looking for cheap tickets you may want to act early before the big push right before the game.