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.
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