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A Beloved Tradition: Texas-OU Weekend Is Back

Texas OU-weekend thunders back this weekend, October 11-13, as University of Texas-proud fans and Oklahoma Boomer Sooners converge in Dallas for three days of rivalry, revelry and football.

The University of Texas’ and University of Oklahoma’s annual match-up is considered the third greatest college football rivalry of all time, edged out only by Ohio State versus Michigan and Army versus Navy. The weekend — centered around the Red River Showdown game at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park on October 12 — is one big party, with all corners of the state feeling the fever. Even the Texas Department of Transportation joins in on the fun, with road signs such as “Text Later, Not Sooner. Texas Fight,” and “Horns Up, Phones Down. It Can Wait.”

If you have tickets to the game, congratulate yourself on being an extreme planner or having a really good friend who is one, because you’re not getting tickets at the gate. You can get close to the action, however, by attending the State Fair of Texas that’s also happening at Fair Park through to October 20 (Insider Tip: wait in line for a Fletcher’s corn dog, you won’t regret it!). You might be able to hear the roar of the crowd, or maybe spot some action from atop the Ferris wheel.

You can also watch the game from any number of bars and restaurants across the city, which will be filled with fans wearing orange or red. And the parties don’t just happen on Saturday — the fun begins Friday with activities such as the Red River Rivalry Sing-Off, where the Singing Sooners face the Longhorn Singers for a free performance at the Galleria, as well as various pep rallies for both teams. Those heading to town a day earlier can watch Toby Keith, Ricky Williams and UT and OU legends take the field in the Red River Celebrity Softball Game (fingers crossed Matthew McConaughey makes a repeat appearance!).

It’s fairly hard not to find the Texas-OU weekend-themed activities going on no matter where you live in Texas because — no surprise — we do the game big.


Images courtesy of Hook’em (banner); Sports Illustrated (players in action).