An Austin – Dallas – Norman Tradition – Red River Rivalry Weekend!

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Pack your bags and get on the road with your burnt orange or crimson and cream, because it is Red River Rivalry time at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas!

Formerly known as the Red River Shootout, this annual football game is one of the greatest rivalries in college football. The Red River itself lies along the Texas-Oklahoma border; representing a dividing line between two states and two states of mind.

This year’s game will be the 105th meeting of the two teams and will determine the future of the Texas Longhorn’s National Championship hopes. The Oklahoma Sooners come into the game plagued by injury, youthfulness and two heavy loses. Their goal for the Sooners is to salvage what is left of their season. A win against Texas might be their saving grace.

Red-river-rivalry This blog post is not an analysis of the match up or a prediction of the results. It is a celebration of the tradition. Both schools represent the pinnacle of public school education. Just visit the websites for each school ( and and you will get a feel for how hard hitting both schools are academically.

The Cotton Bowl, in which the game is played, is more storied than the rivalry itself. Visit their website to view the history of the stadium,, and you will be awakened by the spirit of the game of football.

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The beauty of the game is that it is always on neutral territory. The stadium sits almost exactly 3 hours from both Universities. Come mid-afternoon today, I-35 Northbound out of Austin and I-35 Southbound out of Norman will be clogged with fans making the trek to Dallas. Checkout the map below for a better idea of how ideal the location really is.

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Upon arrival in Dallas awaits the largest State fair in the United States. The Texas State Fair surrounds the stadium and to gain entrance to the game you must pass through roller coaster rides and vendors serving up a plethora of fried concoctions. To learn more about the State Fair of Texas, visit

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If you are traveling to the game this weekend, please drive safely. We will see you there!

About Laura

Laura is a third generation native of Austin who grew up in Tarry Town in Central Austin. She is the owner and broker of West Austin Properties and has been selling real estate in the Austin area since 1979. Laura is married to the love of her life, Brad, and they have two grown daughters. Together, they love to explore all of the fun spots Austin has to offer.