“It’s just early,” Stull said. “I hate thinking the guys don’t get to go through their normal routine getting ready for a game. I don’t think we see the best out of either team. Neither team has to travel a lot, but just trying to get to that normal game day routine, you don’t get into your normal function.”
Stull’s theory was proven wrong by Oklahoma at least this year. The Sooners had one of their best performances in the Red River Rivalry since Bob Stoops arrived.
However, Texas can’t make the same claim.
Neither officials from Oklahoma or Texas have ever formally announced why the game is played at 11 a.m. while the rest of the country doesn’t start playing until noon.
But one of the benefits is that it’s the only game on TV and the entire college football watching world is focused on them. Up until the contest turned into a blowout, Boomer Sooner, Oklahoma, Trey Millard and Red River Rivalry were all trending nationally on the social media site Twitter.
Yet, none of that matters to Reeves. He says a rivalry like OU and Texas deserves to be played under the lights.
Addis Nguyen doesn’t agree.
“I’m for the early start,” said Nguyen, an avid Sooner fan. “Because usually if it’s a late game, there will be a lot of people intoxicated and probably won’t make it. This way you can come early and get the football game in and enjoy the state fair afterwards.”
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