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By Eduardo Maisonet, III / @edthesportsfan
When the annual schedule is released, every player and coach has a game they look for on the schedule. For the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns, that game is the second Saturday in October, down in the Cotton Bowl, where the drive from Norman and Austin is virtually equidistant from one another. That game, is the Red River Shootout. (Yes, technically its called the Red River “Rivalry” now, to be politically correct….but, I’m not calling it that. I’m from Oklahoma, its a shootout. Period.)
The storyline behind this game is slightly precarious compared to games past. Usually, one or both teams have national title aspirations coming into the Cotton Bowl clash, as the two have been the kingpins of the Big 12. However, both teams have suffered early season in-conference losses (Oklahoma lost to Kansas State, Texas lost to West Virginia) and the cache has been lost for this game a bit. Therefore, the pressure is actually more intense for both teams. One more conference loss and the opportunity for a conference championship is flushed down the train, a win brings a boost in the rankings and an opportunity to stay on the fringe of conference and national championship glory.