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A carnival on steroids: Oral history of the one-of-a-kind Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma

There are plenty of fierce rivalries in college football, but nothing is quite like the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma.

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Take a second to think about the one person or the one thing that you absolutely cannot stand—the guy or the girl who, when you see them or even when you imagine seeing them, it makes your blood boil. Your heart starts to beat a little faster, and you can't really catch your breath because you're just so angry.

If you're from Texas, that person is probably from Oklahoma, and that thing is probably a Sooner. And if you're from Oklahoma, that person is definitely from Texas, and that thing is definitely a Longhorn.

Dewey Selmon, Oklahoma defensive line, 1972–75: You can actually feel your blood racing in your veins. Gosh, that's how tough that game is. You don't play that game the day it's played, you play that game all week prior to it.

Mack Brown, Texas head coach, 1998–2013: Heroes were born in the Oklahoma game. So if you played great in that game, you had a legacy regardless of what else you did in your career. Because you made your name in that game

Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman reporter, 1973–present: I remember coming back to the office, and my phone rings and it's Darrell Royal. He said, "Well you may not believe it, but I'm accusing Oklahoma of spying on our football practices."

Mack Brown: It's not like your home crowd or your away crowd where it's loud for you and quiet for the opponent or whatever. In this game, somebody is screaming every play.