Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 10/11/12
The droning on and on about the Red River Rivalry is decades old, now. As with any good rivalry, it doesn't have anything to do with sports at its core. It's just that a football game is the most convenient and least destructive way to express interstate aggression. "It's like a bowl game at midseason," Texas coach Mack Brown said. But as important as the game has been to the State of Oklahoma and the Republic of Texas for all this time, it is even more significant now, because both OU and UT are slowly running out of rivals. When Nebraska left the Big 12 for the Big Ten in 2011, it walked away from a 99-year-old rivalry that had been perhaps college football's best during the 1970s and 80s. Likewise, Texas A&M's decision to leave the Big 12 for the SEC abandoned an intrastate rivalry that, while rarely as significant in the national championship picture as the Red River Rivalry, was every bit as heated. Sure, OU still has Oklahoma State, and just about every school in T...
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