DALLAS The Oklahoma-Texas football game is more than just a game it's the centerpiece of the Texas State Fair. Each year hundreds of thousands of people descend on to the fairgrounds in Dallas for the three-week affair, but game day is the most important attraction of the fair.
"This is my second time being here. I was here for the blowout last year and I'm hoping for more of the same," Lawtonian Matt Berberea said.
Berberea is in his first year as the managing editor of the Cameron Collegian and in making his second trip to the game on Saturday Berbera got his wish as Oklahoma throttled Texas, 63-21.
The venerable Cotton Bowl has hosted the game for the last 80 years. Other than the Red River Rivalry, the Cotton Bowl isn't used for football much. There are two other games played in the stadium each year: The State Fair Classic between Grambling State and Prairie View A&M and The Heart of Dallas Bowl which has only been played once, last year. Neither of those matter half as much as OU-Texas.
There has been a lot of talk in the last several years that the Red River Rivalry could and should move to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The Sooners and Longhorns have signed on to play the game in the Cotton Bowl until 2015 and more than $50 million dollars in renovations have been made to the stadium.
Many fans at the fair never want to see the game moved to "Jerry World," a sentiment echoed by Berberea.