On Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at 11 a.m., Texas and Oklahoma will square off for the 115th time in the AT&T Red River Showdown.
The century-old rivalry ranks among the greatest in collegiate sports. It's history: refined and prestigious played at the illustrious Cotton Bowl during the Texas State Fair. 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.
The intensity of the rivalry is illustrated in Texas head coach Tom Herman's first memory of the game. In a press conference on Monday, 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?