The Red River Showdown (formerly known as the Red River Shootout) between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns every October in Dallas is one of the oldest and most intense rivalries in college football.
The first game between the two football dynasties took place in 1900, and the Sooners have been coming down to Dallas for the annual game played in the Cotton Bowl since 1912. That makes 2012 the 100-year anniversary for the Sooners visiting the state of Texas to show the state's biggest university how to play the sport of football.
If you are an Oklahoma fan, like me, then it is easy to find numerous reasons to dislike the Texas Longhorns. And, for fans of other college teams, there are plenty of reasons why.
Here are the top 25 reasons to dislike the Texas Longhorns football team:
1. They stole their best coach from Oklahoma: Darrell Royal was an All-American quarterback and defensive back at OU in the 1940s before being hired to coach Texas in 1957.
2. They named their stadium after a former OU star player: That's right, Texas plays in a stadium it named after Darrell K. Royal, a former OU All-American player.
3. Burnt orange is the ugliest color of any team: It's not orange, like Tennessee or Florida have, but it's not really brown either. It's just plain ugly.
4. They have won only one national championship in 40 years: Texas has won four national championships, and only one since 1970. Vince Young, making an extraordinary fourth-down play, is the only reason the Horns have one in four decades.
5. Their fans are the most obnoxious in all of college football: All you have to do is go to Commerce Street in Dallas over OU-Texas weekend, and you can see for yourself.
6. Their school anthem: "The Eyes Of Texas" is among the most irritating songs ever written.
7. Mack Brown's whining: Every year, at the end of the season, he whines about how unfairly Texas is treated by the polls and the BCS.
8. Ricky Williams is the face of their football program: Like it or not, their Heisman Trophy running back, who quit his NFL team in 2004 because of smoking marijuana, is the face of modern Texas Longhorns football.
9. Their two best players in the last two decades: Vince Young was among the all-time biggest draft busts in NFL history, and Ricky Williams quit on the Miami Dolphins.
10. Their TV network: Texas nearly destroyed the Big 12 conference by signing its own unilateral deal for the Longhorn Network, in which it keeps all the money.
11. Their home-field advantage: Every year, the Red River Showdown is played in Dallas, at the same time as the Texas State Fair, giving Texas a huge home-field advantage.
12. Their former over-hyped quarterback Colt McCoy: One of the select draft busts that can almost make Vince Young look like he is a successful NFL quarterback.
13. Their former over-hyped quarterback Garrett Gilbert: Throwing four interceptions in a national championship game, and yet Texas fans still praised his performance.
14. Their former over-hyped quarterback Jevan Snead: Amazing how many quarterbacks transfer out of the Texas football program, isn't it?
15. Bevo the bull: All he does is stand there and chew the grass on the sidelines, yet Texas fans glamorize him like he's important.
16. Mack Brown: For all the hype about Mack, he's only won two Big 12 championships in all this time as Texas' coach.
17. Their cannon called Smokey: Texas fans became envious of the shotguns fired by OU's famous Ruf/Necks, so like most insecure people, they built a cannon that fires shotgun shells.
18. Their former running back Cedric Benson: Another star from Texas that was a controversial draft bust, picked fourth overall and currently unsigned free agent.
19. Their football program's money: Texas is reported by Forbes to be the richest college football program in the nation, yet has only one national title since 1970.
20. Their TV network being used to televise high school games: The NCAA had to ban its use of the Longhorn Network to lure high school recruits to Texas.
21. Their record in the Red River Showdown: Since 2000, OU has won eight and Texas has won four.
22. Their most embarrassing touchdown ever given up: Roy Williams' "Superman" touchdown in 2001 against Longhorns quarterback Chris Simms.
23. They magically got one second added to kick a field goal against Nebraska: Not only Nebraska fans, but fans of most of the other BCS teams disliked the Longhorns and thought they got away with a lucky win in a game in which Nebraska dominated them.
24. Not even fans of the Longhorns liked them after being blown out in 2000: OU obliterated Texas 63-14, on its way to the seventh national championship for the Sooners. Fans of every other Big 12 team and Florida State must have disliked Texas for not being able to put up a fight against the Sooners. Even the usual Longhorns fans were shaking their heads in disbelief. Who can like a team that lets themselves get humiliated?
25. Fans of other teams in BCS disliked Texas after being blown out in 2003: A game the Longhorns will never forget, as much as they wish they could. OU demolished them 65-13 in 2003. Incredibly, even after that humiliation, Mack Brown actually lobbied later that season for Texas to be in a BCS bowl. The Sooners finished the season ranked third in the AP poll, but still went on to play in a controversial game to decide the national title against second-ranked LSU in the 2004 Sugar Bowl, much to the anger of USC fans.
If the Texas blowout hadn't handed so many BCS points to OU (and early-season AP poll position, keeping it at No. 1 until it lost in the Big 12 Championship game) for quality win and strength of schedule in the computer rankings, maybe another school would have got the chance. Texas messed everything up by being blown out by OU, but still finishing fifth in the BCS poll. Every season it seems Texas plays just well enough against its weak non-conference schedule to stay ranked high, but then gets blown out by the good teams and ends up in games like the Holiday Bowl. Yet Mack Brown was still whining about not being in a BCS bowl.
S. Holmes Bishop is an Oklahoma Sooners fan since childhood, anxiously anticipating another OU National Championship.
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