Football is football... the Red River is just as impact-full as the Iron Bowl and both games typically see two strong teams playing each other and both games have most years have pivotal meaning to the outcome. The basic difference is the Iron Bowl is the last regular season game of the year.
As for the rivalry, it's going to be the same for the fans that take it that way. I doubt there is any degree of difference in hatred between the fans or desire to with that game between the fans... at least those fans that are fanatic, and Oklahoma, Texas, alburn and Bama have some crazy dedicated fans. I would wager there are more rabid crazy fans in the Iron Bowl Rivalry, but I'm a bit bias.... regardless, to those fans the rivalry is the world in either case.
Comparing the two series I'm pretty sure the RRR/S has had more top ten matchups than Alabama vs Auburn (both ranked in the top ten at the time of the game.)One could say that the Iron Bowl always has more National Championship implications than the Red River Shootout, and I would have to agree with that.
Comparing the two series I'm pretty sure the RRR/S has had more top ten matchups than Alabama vs Auburn (both ranked in the top ten at the time of the game.)
Point being that if you're a Texas or Oklahoma "Fan"antic, it's the biggest rivalry in the world to you and the Iron Bowl means nothing and the reverse if you're a Bama or auBurn fan. The Iron Bowl means very little to the rest of the football world beyond hoping we lose to knock us out of the playoffs and the same thing for RRR for the rest of the world.One could say that the Iron Bowl always has more National Championship implications than the Red River Shootout, and I would have to agree with that.
Hmm, good to know. I wouldn't have guessed that with Texas being up and Oklahoma being down, and then Oklahoma being up and Texas being down. Atleast that's how it has been since I was a little boy in the 80's. Of course I understand football predates me by a long time.
If you look at this from a national scene one of these teams does not belong in terms of national prominence and tradition. I am certainly biased but I think if you look at which teams would fit into the category of college football bluebloods you get the picture.
Understandable, but even after all that,Auburn is not that far behind Texas. If you look at 150 years worth, you're splitting hairs between Texas and Auburn if you ask me.