The Oil Bowl might not be the star-studded game that it’s been in the past, but that doesn’t make it any less special for the players and coaches who are part of the Oklahoma-Texas all-star football game.
"Not having some of those players doesn’t take anything away from the kids who are there,” Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said. "This is a huge deal for some of these kids. Maybe it’s lost some of its star appeal, but it’s Oklahoma versus Texas. We’re going down there to have fun, but we’re also going down there to be competitive and win this.
Oklahoma, which won 17-16 last year, is looking for its first two-game winning streak since 1997-99, when it won three consecutive matchups.
This year’s game will be played Saturday in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Watkins will serve as an assistant to Velma-Alma coach Greg Gothard. The coaching staff includes Morris’ Larry Crenshaw.
Started in 1938 as a Texas-only game, then moved to a two-state game in 1945, the Oil Bowl has featured players such as Jack Mildren, J.C. Watts, Hayden Fry, Steve Largent, the Selmon brothers and R.W. McQuarters.
While Texas’ roster features no players heading to Big 12 schools, several of Oklahoma’s players will play for teams in the conference.
Oklahoma State signees Tracy Moore and Jeremy Smith, both of Tulsa Union, and Ada’s Colton Richardson are expected to report to Wichita Falls on Tuesday. Others scheduled to arrive Tuesday are Kansas State signees Timothy Flanders of Midwest City and Marcus Kennard of Lawton.
"We’ll find out how many show Tuesday,” Watkins said.