COVID-19 has struck again. Tuesday afternoon the Texas State Fair announced that it has officially been canceled for 2020. Obviously this leaves Oklahoma and Texas fans wondering what will happen with their game on the second weekend of October? Both athletic directors answered that, in part, by saying that the current plan is to still hold the game at the Cotton Bowl.
“We understand and respect the decision made by the State Fair of Texas and acknowledge that it was an extremely difficult one,” Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione said. “Our hope remains that we can play the OU-Texas game at the Cotton Bowl, but obviously every aspect of our season requires constant monitoring and planning. The best thing all of us can do at this time is closely follow CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus.”
While I don’t believe that this in any way spells doom and gloom for the 2020 college football season, I do believe that it might open the door for a one-year change of venue for the rivalry.
The fair is what makes the Cotton Bowl such a unique venue for the rivalry. Take away the fair and you’ve just got a game being played in an old stadium with bathrooms that flood and vantage points that are obstructed in the lower bowl. Why not give AT&T Stadium a shot this year? I can pretty much guarantee that Jerry Jones would answer the phone if Castiglione called.
For what it’s worth, Oklahoma is the home team in this year’s Red River Rivalry. I’m not sure what that means in terms of leverage when it comes to making plans but I do know that it bodes well for the Sooners if the discussion moves to hosting the game on campus.
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