Fans head south for the Red River Rivalry

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NORMAN, Okla. — Fall break starts this weekend for many schools and for University of Oklahoma students, this means OU/TX.

The Red River Rivalry game kicks off Saturday in Dallas at 11 a.m. but many Sooner fans treat this as a weekend-long festivity. 

Win or lose, OU fans group together for this university “holiday” and cheer on their team.

The rivalry originated in 1900 and was initially called the Red River Shootout until SBC Communications sponsored the game in 2005 and dubbed the event the SBC Red River Rivalry soon turning into the AT&T Red River Rivalry. 

The name was changed to show neither team condones gun violence.

The game is unique in many ways, most strikingly the equal division of ticket sales between OU and Texas fans as well as the division of the stadium at the fifty yard line between those fans. 

Dallas was chosen as the location of the game because of its equal proximity between Norman and Austin, posing as a neutral battleground. 

Oklahoma won by a landslide last year but predicting a victor this year is much more difficult.

Polls suggest a seemingly equal match up with Oklahoma sitting at 13 in the county and 15th-ranked Texas.

However the game ends, the OU/TX tradition has existed for more than 100 years and doesn’t look like it will be ending any time soon.   

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