Finally, some good news for college football traditionalists: the Red River Shootout stays in the Cotton Bowl, per Tom Benning of the Dallas Morning News.
Bitter, border rivals Oklahoma and Texas will continue to meet on the second Saturday of October in the venerable stadium, with the Texas State Fair as its backdrop. This new extension runs through 2025, four years shy of the centennial anniversary of the rivalry moving to the Cotton Bowl.
Such longstanding traditions have an increasingly insignificant place in the modern college football landscape. As married to both the Cotton Bowl and Texas State Fair as the Red River Shootout is, there’s one force that supersedes all else in the sport. I’ll defer to Randy Moss on this one:
AT&T Stadium nee Cowboys Stadium is a monument to excessive, the tangible embodiment of football’s metamorphosis from sport to billion-dollar venture. Jerry Jones’ legacy opened in 2009 and quickly bullied the old, rundown Cotton Bowl into the background of the North Texas football scene, even usurping the bowl game that bears the old stadium’s name.
AT&T Stadium is the host site for the championship round of the first College Football Playoff, which is fitting. The Playoff was born of commerce and marks a milestone departure from tradition.
Now, deviating from tradition in some instances—most instances—is a good thing. It’s called progress, and there is plenty of it going on in college football right now.
But not all traditions need modernizing. AT&T Stadium may be the perfect spot for Week 1 kickoffs or the Playoff final, but its antiseptic, NFL aura isn’t indicative of the Red River Shootout.
The Cotton Bowl IS the Red River Shootout.
For nine decades, the Cotton Bowl has hosted one memorable moment after another, etched into the game’s annals by some of its biggest names.
And thankfully, it will add to the scrapbook for another decade.