Red River Showdown
The Red River Showdown is the annual football game between The University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners. This rivalry between the two schools dates back to 1900, before Oklahoma even achieved statehood. Of course bragging rights are always at stake when the Sooners and Longhorns square off, but this match-up of Big 12 powerhouses often has larger implications. In more than 90 percent of the games played since 1945, one or both of the teams have entered the game ranked among the nation’s top 25.

Since 1932, the Red River Showdown has taken place on neutral ground at the Cotton Bowl Stadium at The State Fair of Texas, in Dallas. But there’s nothing neutral about what’s at stake, as there are now three trophies associated with the game. The two schools fight for possession of the Golden Hat, a bronzed 10-gallon hat given to the athletic department of the winning school. Since 2003, the Red River Trophy has been awarded to the winning school’s student government. And the Governor’s Trophy is exchanged by the governors of each state.

The fact that Texas owns a slight lead in the Red River Showdown only adds fuel to a fire that has the attention of the entire country. In a 2005 survey, 119 college football coaches rated the Red River Showdown as the nation’s third best rivalry game behind Ohio State-Michigan and Army-Navy. And surely the only thing Longhorn and Sooner fans may agree on is that their rivalry is ranked two spots too low.