There’s a heightened sense of excitement in the air for this one.
This will be the 117th time that Texas and Oklahoma have faced off against each other. The Longhorns lead the overall series 62-49-5, but the Sooners have won four of the last five meetings at the Cotton Bowl.
The hatred between the two programs is enough to fire up the crowd and provide a unique environment. When you add in the fact that College GameDay is in town, both opponents are ranked, and it’s the first time that offensive gurus Steve Sarkisian and Lincoln Riley will face each other, it becomes a must-watch game.
Oklahoma is favored by 3.5 over Texas courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook. The Longhorns are getting hot at the right time, while the Sooners have held on to a perfect record despite their recent struggles on offense.
If you’re not hyped up enough already, take a look at the pregame buzz from players, coaches, alumni and fans prior to kickoff.
It’s 7:09… 🤘🏽
— Brandon Jones (@BlessedJones33) October 9, 2021
The interstate highways in Texas are ready for the Red River Shootout pic.twitter.com/aVvAaDcCWv
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 8, 2021
7:45 a.m.: A group of OU fans just stopped to deliver a series of violent DX-style crotch chops to busses carrying the Longhorn Band to the Cotton Bowl. Welcome to the State Fair of Texas.
— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) October 9, 2021
It’s 8:57am and OU still….. pic.twitter.com/ma1ToPRBzI
— Charles Omenihu (@charless_94) October 9, 2021
BEAT. OU. 🤘🏿
— Calvin Anderson (@THE_CONDA25) October 9, 2021
WAKKKKKKKEEEE UPPPPP 🤘🏾🧡
— 🦈 (@D_JAMISON5) October 9, 2021
The ESPN College GameDay setup is literally right outside the west side of the Cotton Bowl. This photo taken from 5th floor view. pic.twitter.com/kfI035RtB9
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) October 9, 2021
— Texas Longhorns (@TexasLonghorns) October 9, 2021
The Sarkisians have arrived pic.twitter.com/Dm83PuE2RP
— Alex Loeb (@SpanningTheLoeb) October 9, 2021