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Red River Showdown Information

The Red River Showdown is a college football rivalry game played annually at the Cotton Bowl inside Fair Park in Dallas. The first game of the Red River Showdown was played in 1900. It was formerly known as the Red River Shootout. Some of the football game’s alternate names are the Red River Rivalry, the Red River Classic, and the Oklahoma–Texas football rivalry. The game is played during the State Fair of Texas in October.

The Red River Showdown is played the week following the State Fair Classic. It is to be one of the major rivalries in NCAA football and all of the American sports. The name of the series is from the Red River. The game has been played in Dallas since 1912. Only in 1913 was it played in Houston; in 1922, they played in Norman, and in 1923, the game took place in Austin. Dallas was chosen as the final location due to its location being “neutral” as it is situated approximately halfway between Norman, Oklahoma and Austin, Texas.

In the Red River Showdown, three trophies are given to the winner of the annual Red River Rivalry: the Red River Rivalry trophy, the Golden Hat, and the Governors’ trophy. Out of these three, the Golden Hat is said to be the best to receive. It is a gold cowboy hat that is mounted on a big woodblock.

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