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Sooner Spectator: Ten reasons why OU-Texas is college football’s greatest rivalry

Sooner Spectator: Ten reasons why OU-Texas is college football’s greatest rivalry

Oklahoma vs. Texas is, quite simply, college football’s greatest rivalry.

The combatants are both all-time blue-bloods (one is quite a bit bluer), they represent bordering states separated by nature’s great divider (a river, and a red one, at that), they meet every October as the centerpiece of the nation’s largest state fair (equidistant from the campuses, but still in hostile territory for Sooner Nation), and they share perspective on the game, but only from the 50-yard line.

Oil, money, cattle, state pride, frontier spirit and, of course, football. Oklahoma and Texas share those wholly American traits, and it’s all on the line when their teams clash at the Cotton Bowl.

Since the end of World War II — the modern era of college football and, not coincidentally, the era when OU became a major player in the nation’s favorite amateur pastime — the series is tied 35-35-3. It’s that good.

Click here for Sooner Spectator’s look at the top 10 things that separate OU-Texas from the rest:

John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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