Oklahoma football: Social media heating up on eve of OU-Texas

DALLAS, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12: Oklahoma Sooners cheerleaders hold up megaphones during the 2019 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12: Oklahoma Sooners cheerleaders hold up megaphones during the 2019 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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Here’s a stat you don’t hear much: Two weeks into the Big 12 season and Oklahoma football has not led at any point in its two conference games.

That’s hardly the positive momentum a team looks for as it heads into perhaps its biggest game of the season. There are lots of big games throughout the season, but if you are Oklahoma, there are none bigger than the annual Red River Showdown with Texas. It doesn’t matter where the teams are in the rankings or the conference standings, if you come away the loser in this game, you hear about it for the next 365 days.

There have been numerous stories this week in sports media nationwide covering and offering opinion on the various storylines that seem to surround this classic rivalry every season. It is extremely rare that both teams come into the 118th meeting between Oklahoma and Texas outside of the top-25 rankings. Believe me, that won’t have any bearing on how physical and all-out the two teams will go at each other on Saturday.

This isn’t just another game. And the stakes often go way beyond bragging rights.

This is OU-Texas week, and as former head coach Bob Stoops, who was a direct participant in 18 of the games in this rivalry series and came away the winner in 11 of them, tells us, it doesn’t matter where you live, if you are fan of college football, you know about the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry.

Here is a smattering of other motivational chatter crossing the social media network on Red River rivalry eve: