I love Brad Beesley, Wayne Coyne, Dan Brown, and my mother’s boyfriend just fine, but… Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. CST, the University of Texas and Oklahoma University reunite in Dallas for the annual “Red River Shoot-Out.” A hotter game and ticket cannot be found in the Lone Star State college-football circuit (especially when Texas A&M started sucking a few years ago). It should be no shock that my money’s on Texas, who has managed a fine run of victories so far this season, albeit against mostly lesser teams. And, there was that whole game 2 debacle against Ohio State. But never fear, it’s on, and the rest of the teams are actually in our Big 12 Conference.
So, this afternoon, thousands of Austin residents climb into their cars for the three-hour commute to Dallas. For those who don’t know, the game is always in Dallas because it’s the half-way point between the two schools, neutral territory. And, it’s the “Red River Shoot-Out,” named after the body of water that divides the two states.
All the while, this weekend will be littered with major showdowns, as LSU/Florida and Cal/Oregon also take it to the field. But, make no mistake, TX/OU is the one to watch. At a recent press conference, TX coach Mack Brown (on the eve of his cameo on Friday Night Lights), was realistic about OU’s prospects, by admitting, “OU has great players. They’re very well-coached. It will always be that way.” He addded, “So this game will come down to the one that plays the best Saturday. It’s not about who’s the best team. It’s about who plays the best on that day.” And, that team, will be Texas. Hook ’em.