The Texas-Oklahoma Red River Rivalry enters its 2009 version in a surprising state. Everyone expected the Texas-Oklahoma 2009 Red River Rivalry game to have national title implications, and it does – but only for Texas. The 2009 Red River Rivalry football game has Texas trying to solidify its place in the BCS, while Oklahoma is just trying to save its season. The Sooners are motivated enough after their 2008 Red River Rivalry loss – though it didn’t cost them a BCS title berth last year. But the Texas-Oklahoma 2009 football clash wouldn’t be that surprising if Oklahoma got their vengeance.
Coming into the Texas-Oklahoma game, the Longhorns are the top team in the country that isn’t from the SEC. As such, even though the Longhorns slipped to third in the AP poll, they will still get to the BCS title game if they win out. Their Red River Rivalry match with Oklahoma is one of their biggest tests until then.
However, Texas-Oklahoma 2009 has the Sooners in more of a desperate place than first expected. The Sooners lost their opener to BYU, lost at Miami, and lost Sam Bradford until last week. Now Oklahoma is 3-2, and could become the most unlikely 3-3 team in some time with a loss today. But spoiling Texas’s national championship hopes today could give the Sooners new life, and new hope for a Big 12 title and BCS berth.
The Red River Rivalry has always been big between Texas and Oklahoma, but it has rarely been as important as it has in the last few years. This is Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford’s last Red River Rivalry game, after they clashed in one of the great Texas-Oklahoma games last year. After some worries about Bradford, he will indeed get to shoot it out with McCoy one more time today.
Texas is still in a good place for the BCS, but the national attention has turned towards Florida and Alabama lately. The Longhorns struggled against Colorado last week, and do not have a real signature win yet. Beating Oklahoma today, even though the Sooners aren’t at full strength, would make a real case to the BCS when its first rankings come out this weekend.
If Texas-Oklahoma 2009 goes towards the Sooners, however, the entire BCS goes into chaos once again. Virginia Tech, USC and many others will then have an opening for the second BCS title game slot – with USC trying to make a big case against Notre Dame today.
The Texas-Oklahoma 2009 Red River Rivalry resumes once more at the Cotton Bowl, starting at noon est on ABC.
Dallas Morning News- “Last year proved Red River Rivalry can be a win-win situation” www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/columnists/ksherrington/stories/101709dnsposherrington.415d353.html
Sporting News- “Bradford’s return adds spark to Red River Rivalry renewal” www.sportingnews.com/college-football/article/2009-10-13/bradfords-return-adds-spark-red-river-rivalry-renewal