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ESPN’s College Gameday Heads to First Ranked on Ranked Red River Rivalry Since 2012

The annual showdown in the Cotton Bowl is significant in a way it hasn’t been in a while.

For the first time in a long time, the Red River Showdown Rivalry has national relevance.

When the Sooners and Longhorns face off this coming Saturday in the annual Big 12 rivalry game, it will not only be the first time both teams are ranked since 2012, it will be the first time ESPN’s College Gameday will broadcast live since 2011.

With Texas’ recent slide, the game hasn’t had the impact it once did when Bob Stoops and Mack Brown were facing off from opposite sidelines. Back then, the game felt like it would decide the Big 12 South, or the conference as a whole, on an annual basis.

But over the past few years, it’s been a fun match-up without much conference or national impact.

This year though, for the first time since 2012, both teams will enter the Cotton Bowl ranked in the AP Poll; with the Sooners at No. 7 and the Longhorns at No. 19.

The classic Cotton Bowl Stadium, with all the Texas State Fair has to offer, should make for an amazing backdrop and a wild scene. Both fan bases should be at their best with so much on the line: OU hopes to return to the College Football Playoff, while Texas is trying to establish their relevance in the Big 12 championship race.

This will be the sixth time ESPN’s flagship college football pre-game program will broadcast live from the Cotton Bowl for the Red River Rivalry, and the first since 2011. For Texas’ sake, let’s hope this game doesn’t end up like that one did.

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