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Why is Texas-OU such a big deal? We're glad you asked

With 100-plus years of history in a football rivalry, there are bound to be memorable moments, traditions made, and no love lost between their fan bases.

Paul Livengood

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Published: 11:20 AM CDT October 5, 2022
Updated: 11:44 AM CDT October 5, 2022

Editor's note: The video published above is a KVUE report in 2019 on the history of the Red River Showdown.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, at 11 a.m., Texas and Oklahoma will square off for the 118th time in the AT&T Red River Showdown. 

The century-old rivalry ranks among the greatest in collegiate sports, its history refined and prestigious and played at the illustrious Cotton Bowl during the State Fair of Texas. The rivalry encompasses an interstate hatred between fan bases, spanning generations. 

Texas hates Oklahoma and Oklahoma hates Texas. There is no other way to put it. 

In 2019, the intensity of the rivalry was illustrated perfectly by then-Texas head coach Tom Herman's first memory of the game. Herman told reporters his first memory depicting the sheer intensity of UT versus OU was as a grad assistant. He said he remembered looking out the window of the Texas bus to see an 80-year-old woman and an 8-year-old boy both giving him the double bird. 

Yes, you read that right. 

Herman was flipped off by an 80-year-old lady and a child. He also said trotting out of the tunnel into the stadium is not the friendliest place, either. Fans look up the most personal things about you and shout ill-mannered remarks at you about your mother, girlfriend, etc., according to Herman. 

So, how did we get to this point? Where did this intense rivalry stem from? 

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