Friday, October 16, 2009
The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You
The Red River Shootout is upon us, and this year it is going to be a doozy. Sam Bradford is back from injury, Colt McCoy is looking to prove that his Longhorns are for real, and both teams have their eyes on the Big XII title. This promises to be a clash of the titans. The Red River Shootout represents everything that is good about college football, and in this year's showdown a shootout is exactly what I expect. In the end though, I imagine we will be hearing"Boomer Sooner" a few more times than we hear "Texas Fight".
For those of you unfamiliar, the Red River Shootout (now referred to as the Red River Rivalry due to pinko leftists) is the annual football game between Texas and Oklahoma that occurs during the Texas State Fair. The game is named as such because the Red River is what creates much of the border between the two states. The rivalry dates back to 1900, before Oklahoma was even a state, and since 1912 has been played in Dallas. Since 1932, the game has been played in the Cotton Bowl, situated evenly between both Austin, TX and Norman, OK where both campuses are located, and the tickets have been distributed evenly to both schools. The best part about it: they split them right down the 50 yard line. Texas holds the all time lead in the series with a record of 58-40-5.
Not only is this rivalry so great because of its history, but each team brings with it great tradition and pomp. Whether it be Hook 'em horns, BeVo, the Sooner Schooner, the cheerleaders, Boomer and Sooner themselves (or their mascot counterparts), the fight songs, the chants, the bands or the fact that they play for a Golden Hat, it all adds up to so much more than just a game. There are two ways of life on the line here. That is what makes this game so special. Simply put, it makes Lehigh football look like a pee wee program.
More often than not, both of the teams have been ranked for this game, and this year is no different. Moreover, some of the best players in the game of football are on display in the Red River Shootout and many of them go on to play in the NFL. This year is no different as Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy look to add to their resumes as two of the best QB's in college football with a win in the Shootout.
This year, even though Texas is sitting pretty at 5-0 and #3 in the nation, I like the #20 ranked Sooners (3-2) to pull off the upset. Texas hasn't really played anybody yet. Sure they have crushed the likes of Lousiana-Monroe, UTEP and Wyoming, but they have also looked very vulnerable in wins against Colorado and Texas Tech. Oklahoma has played tough through the injury to Sam Bradford and lost both of their games by one point to ranked opponents. I think OU's running game of DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown could give Texas lots of trouble, which could then open up the passing game for Sam Bradford to pick apart the Texas D. Whichever way it goes, I'm guessing that it is going to live up to the Texas/Oklahoma formula and be wild.
So when you wake up tomorrow after a long night of beer drinking and mirth, put on your slippers, throw a hot pocket in the microwave and sit back in your favorite baseball glove chair and enjoy the spectacle that is the Red River Shootout. It starts at noon on ABC.