On Fridays, Ryan McGee will be previewing one of the weekend's top matchups by digging deep into the teams' rivalry and determining which one is set up for a brighter future going forward. From fan bases to coaching stability to recruiting success, he'll cover the rivalries from every angle.
1. Recent performance
We should have known the Red River Shoot ... er, Rivalry would survive.
Just a few weeks ago, it felt as though one of college football's greatest matchups might be torn asunder by the greed and gall of collegiate athletics' rash of conference realignment. But it shouldn't be a surprise that the rivalry would figure out a way to keep going. After all, it has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression and John Blake.
"The rivalry game for us has always been Oklahoma," Texas AD DeLoss Dodds told the Tulsa World this week. "The A&M game has been a great game and all of that ... but it's not something that we have to do. I think the Oklahoma game is something we have to do."
This Saturday, they will meet for 106th time. The last time they didn't play was 1928, the final year in office for Calvin Coolidge. The next fall, Herbert Hoover was president, and OU-Texas moved into a new home, the Cotton Bowl. They've been there ever since.
Saturday marks the 27th time both teams have rolled into the Texas State Fair undefeated and the 37th time they've both been ranked. It's the ninth time that Oklahoma has come to Dallas ranked No. 1 (coaches' poll), and the Sooners are 8-1 in those games, the only blemish coming in 1963, when the Horns were ranked No. 2.
In their past 10 meetings, the higher ranked team is 9-1, the only exception being No. 5 Texas' upset of top-ranked Oklahoma in 2008.
Over the past 10, Oklahoma holds a 6-4 edge, but over the past five, Texas leads 3-2.
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