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Red River Rivalry Looks To Stay In Dallas Through 2020

The Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners and the city of Dallas are in talks to extend the deal of the Red River Rivalry and the Cotton Bowl into 2020.

Did you know that the first matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners that was played in Dallas, Texas was in 1912? The Red River Rivalry between the two border schools has been played since 1900, but the teams didn't officially keep the Dallas location until 1929.

That history means a ton to the Longhorn and Sooner faithful, and playing the big game in Dallas is important to both schools. On Saturday, a deal to keep the Red River Rivalry at the Texas State Fair Park through 2020 is in the works, but it hinges on the city of Dallas to take on an additional $25.5 million in debt for major improvements to the Cotton Bowl.

The Cotton Bowl has always had emotional ties to the old stadium, but its also been widely rumored that if the Cotton Bowl deal fell through then Jerry Jones would happily oblige bringing the Red River "Shootout" to his fancy Cowboys Stadium. More details as they come.

For more on the Longhorns, be sure to visit Burnt Orange Nation. For more on the Sooners, check out Crimson and Cream Machine.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.