Oklahoma, Texas governors bet on Red River Rivalry for charity

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Two of the most historic teams in college football will be meeting for one of the most renowned rivalries this weekend.

The Cotton Bowl is expected to be filled this Saturday with OU and Texas fans ready to watch the Red River Showdown.

With only the Red River separating the two teams’ fan bases, many people are making bets on who will win this year’s game.

However, those bets aren’t limited to armchair quarterbacks.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has challenged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to a charity showdown. The loser of Saturday’s game must donate food to a charity in the opposing governor’s state.

If OU wins, Abbott will donate a shipment of Austin’s Railhead Barbecue to the City Rescue Mission, providing meals for the homeless.

“I feel a little bad about accepting this bet because UT doesn’t stand a chance,” Fallin said. “The Sooners are going to bring home a win, and a lot of barbecue from Texas for the City Rescue Mission. In the unlikely case we see a UT upset, Head Country Bar-B-Q and I will console ourselves by knowing we are supporting a good cause in Austin.”

If Texas wins, Fallin and Head Country Bar-B-Q will sponsor 600 meals to be served at the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin.

“The friendly rivalry between the state of Texas and the state of Oklahoma runs deep, especially when it comes to football,” Abbott said. “In the history of the Red River Rivalry, the Texas Longhorns have come away with more victories than Oklahoma ever has, and I expect this Saturday to be no different. In the unfortunate event the Sooners pull off a win, Governor Fallin and the charity of her choice will receive some of the finest barbecue Texas has to offer- a prize valued far more than any trophy.”