The Red River Rivalry 2013 has set its kickoff time at 11 a.m. CST on Oct. 12.
Sooners fans from Norman and Longhorns fans from Austin close in on Dallas every year for this annual clash between two of the most storied college football teams in the world. While some have clamored to change it to a home-away game, the fact that the game is held in Dallas makes it special, even when one of the teams is having an off-season.
This year, the Texas Longhorns are currently 2-2 and some fans, as well as former alumni, are calling for head coach Mack Brown to step down. They have a very short memory since Brown had the Longhorns in the national title game four years ago.
It must be a “what have you done for me lately” mentality in Austin these days.
Even Earl Campbell, someone that Mack Brown has always professed great respect and admiration for, has called for him to step down.
“Nobody likes to get fired or leave a job, but things happen,” Campbell said, according to the Fox affiliate. “I’d go on record and say yes, I think it’s time.”
One thing that Mack Brown has done, despite all his success, is beat Oklahoma on a regular basis. Brown started coaching Texas the year before Bob Stoops arrived at Oklahoma. He beat the Sooners in John Blake’s final year as OU head coach and then beat Stoops in his first year.
Then OU reeled off five straight wins over Texas. The Longhorns then won four of the next five years meetings, but are on a three game losing streak. Just going head-to-head with Bob Stoops, Mack Brown is only 5-9 against the Sooners.
The year after the Longhorns went to the national title game, they had the first losing record in Brown’s tenure. They followed that up with eight and nine win seasons and are now off to a 2-2 start. Brown argues that his Longhorns can still win the Big 12 title, but to do so they have to get past the Oklahoma Sooners.
For OU fans, that means dragging themselves out of bed and fighting Dallas traffic to get to the fair grounds early once again – something fans should be getting used to. It seems like every year the game is an early 11 a.m. game, which is bad on the fans but makes Bob Stoops happy.
“I would take it every time,” Stoops said of the early kickoff. “I think all coaches do. You get tired of waiting around all day. You never mind it when you know you can wake up and go right at it, then get in the easy chair in the afternoon when there’s still light out.”
For those watching from home, the Red River Rivalry 2013 will be televised on ABC-TV.