Essential Guide: TX/OU Weekend 2012

Known as the Red River Rivalry, the Texas versus Oklahoma game is Dallas' biggest college game day -- especially now that the Cotton Bowl game has been moved to Jerryworld.

Luckily, the real Cotton Bowl building is still in the super cool Fair Park and ready to host the Longhorns and Sooners in their annual face-off.

Here's some important info to keep your game day from becoming a lame day.

Clash of the Titans
Both Texas and Oklahoma are pretty evenly matched this year, with both ranked in the teens in the AP poll. The record shows both teams carrying one loss into the Cotton Bowl for Saturday's game. OU might have some kind of "home field" boost, though -- they've won for the last two years.

Traffic Troubles
It's DFW, you know there's construction on area highways. Be ready for heavy bottlenecks and miles of construction as folks travel I-35, I-30, and other roads to the fair. Our Traffic page should help on the day of the game, but before then, you should plan out your route.

A Rail-y Good Idea
Fair Park does have some good parking options, but they're definitely not as convenient as riding the DART rail to the front gate. After a rail fail in 2009, DART has really stepped up its preparation game to provide good service to and from the park on game day, including providing a quicker route. DART will even have buses on standby to take fans to the game if the trains get too full. Plan on arriving three hours before kick off to make sure you're on the train with all the other rowdy fans.

Wearing It Out
TX/OU fans are known for busting out the stylish gameday clothes to let everyone know who they're pulling for. But if you're still looking for that chic wear for the Fair, check out Gameday Cloth in Plano, where they've got tees, dresses, accessories, and more highlighting local colleges. We've found some super cute TX/OU stuff there, but that's just the start -- the shop was founded by two SMU alumns, so there's definitely some pony gear ready for purchase.

It's Still Fair Time
One of the biggest reasons we like Red River Rivalry weekend is because all the football fans can also enjoy the State Fair of Texas, which surrounds the Cotton Bowl during the weekend. We've got TONS of State Fair content on the site to whet your appetite for fried foods and midway fun. Football + Fair = Awesome in our book.

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