What would your fall look like if you had no restrictions on how you spent your Saturday? Every Big 12 game is an option to attend in person as you strive to see the best game, find the best game-day atmosphere and tailgating or simply follow your favorite team or player on a weekly basis.
That is the premise of our annual Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip as Jake Trotter, Max Olson and Brandon Chatmon pick one game per week to attend.
We continue the series with Week 6.
Trotter’s pick: Texas vs. Oklahoma
The biggest and best rivalry in the Big 12 is always an automatic selection for me, but this edition of the Red River Showdown figures to be particularly intriguing.
After losing two of the last three years, Oklahoma can’t afford to lay another egg at the Cotton Bowl, at least if it hopes to repeat as Big 12 champs or contend for the CFP.
The Sooners could be facing the most dangerous Texas team they have in years, though, one that will either be desperate from a rugged early-season slate or on a roll with impressive wins posted to its resume.
Olson’s pick: Texas vs. Oklahoma
I’ve been to three Red River Rivalry games and I’ve seen them three different ways: From up in the press box, down on the field and from seats in the Cotton Bowl. All three experiences were unbelievably fun. This game is a road-trip must every year and rarely disappoints. The energy from each half of the stadium is just unreal. When that place gets loud, it’s just special. So is having a corn dog for breakfast.
The Sooners will show up for this year’s showdown with revenge in mind and will be more than battle-tested after having playing Houston, Ohio State and TCU. Hopefully they won’t be too banged up after those ballgames. As for Texas? Who the heck knows. The Longhorns could be 3-1 or 1-3 at this point. It’ll be a memorable game either way.
Chatmon’s pick: Texas vs Oklahoma
The Red River Showdown has produced so many memorable moments, making it hard to pick anywhere but the Cotton Bowl to spend my second week of October.
The Sooners will be looking for revenge after Texas dominated them in last year’s meeting, earning arguably the biggest win of Charlie Strong’s Longhorns career. These two teams have shown it doesn’t matter who is expected to win or how their seasons are going before meeting in the Cotton Bowl.
This year brings intrigue with both teams entering the game battle-tested -- thanks to tough nonconference slates -- and Texas true freshman quarterback Shane Buechele likely to make his Red River Showdown debut, bringing hope to the Longhorns offensive attack.
Most importantly, the Big 12 isn’t exactly overflowing with traditional rivalries. Anytime I have the chance to see the best one first-hand, I’m going to take advantage of it.