The pageantry and rivalries in college football are what separate it from the professional game. (That and the multi-million dollar salaries). It seems like it doesn’t matter how well or how poorly a team is playing, when they’re matched up against heir fiercest rival, the level of play is high.
That figures to be the case again in the annual meeting between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns.
“The Red River Showdown” is one of the oldest and most intense rivalries in the country, and there is no shortage of hype coming into the 2017 edition.
Texas could be on the upswing under first year coach Tom Herman. After years of being the butt of the Big 12 joke, the Longhorns are off to a 3-2 start and coming off an overtime win against Kansas State.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma is reeling from their shocking loss against Iowa State. They’re desperate for a blowout win to prove that they’re as legitimate of College Football Playoff contenders as ever.
It has all the fixings of a classic showdown.
No. 12 Oklahoma kicks off against Texas at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN.