In a week full of incredible matchups, none can capture the attention of college football fans quite like the Red River Showdown between No. 21 Texas and No. 6 Oklahoma.
This game has as many storylines as the State Fair of Texas has food vendors. Not least of those is that the loser of Saturday’s game could be on the outside looking in at the College Football Playoff. Texas (4-1) would have its second loss of the season, a seemingly insurmountable obstacle for several otherwise-qualified teams to overcome through the playoff era. The same could be said of Oklahoma which, despite its perfect 5-0 record, has not looked like a top-five team all season.
It also marks the first time first-year Texas coach Steve Sarkisian will take on Oklahoma. If he manages a Red River win in his year there, he would become the first coach to achieve the feat for the Longhorns since Mack Brown led Texas to a 34-3 win over the Sooners in 1998. (Lincoln Riley did the same in his 2017 debut, beating first-year coach Tom Herman). Sarkisian’s team has looked far from unbeatable, but neither has Oklahoma. And crazy things tend to happen in rivalry games.
Also, expect plenty of talk about these teams’ defection from the Big 12 to the SEC. They are officially tabbed to join their new conference in 2025, but it’s possible their emigration could be expedited as soon as the 2022 season. Could this be the last Big 12-themed Red River Showdown in history?
Sporting News is tracking scoring updates and highlights between No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 21 Texas. Follow along live for all you need to know on the Red River Showdown:
Texas vs. Oklahoma score
Texas vs. Oklahoma updates, highlights
Highlights will begin at kickoff, scheduled for noon ET.
Texas vs. Oklahoma start time
Texas vs. Oklahoma will kick off at noon ET from the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
How to watch Texas vs. Oklahoma
This Red River Showdown will air nationally on ABC.
Texas schedule 2021
Oklahoma schedule 2021
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