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Kickoff time set for Texas versus No. 6 Oklahoma

In the least surprising news of the 2021 football season, the Red River Showdown will be the same time as always.

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For the third straight game, the Texas Longhorns will kick off against the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners at 11 a.m. Central on ABC in the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 9, the conference announced on Monday.

Last year, a furious comeback for the Longhorns fell short in the fourth overtime, 53-45, marking the third straight loss in the rivalry game. Texas leads the all-time series 62-49-5 heading into the 117th all-time meeting between the two programs. The series began in 1900 with the yearly matchup played in Dallas since 1912 and at the State Fair since 1929 — this is the 94th time Texas and Oklahoma have faced off at a neutral site in Dallas.

Oklahoma enters the game at 4-0, but hasn’t met expectations, scoring only three points in the second half against Tulane as the Green Wave to threaten the Sooners late in a 40-35 game. Against Nebraska, Oklahoma once again had to hold off a late attempted comeback, holding on for a 23-16 win. And last weekend against West Virginia, Oklahoma needed six points in the fourth quarter to edge the Mountaineers, 16-13.

So the Sooners may be vulnerable, especially as the offense has underachieved, but with the Longhorns only 1-3 in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley since he took over and 1-4 overall, Texas has to prove they can take advantage of the opportunity.