Dallas’ new stadium: Odd that a Red River rival will help start era

By John Rohde Modified: January 14, 2009 at 5:35 am •  Published: January 14, 2009
It’s been a rough couple of months for Texas football.

Everything seemed in place when the Longhorns beat Oklahoma 45-35 last Oct. 11 at the Cotton Bowl, and then everything crumbled after a last-second loss at Texas Tech.


The beneficiaries have been the Oklahoma Sooners, of all people.

It was the Sooners who advanced to the Big 12 title game despite their head-to-head loss to Texas.

It was the Sooners who won their sixth Big 12 title and played for the national title for the fourth time in the last nine seasons.

And it will be the Sooners who play the first college football game inside the world’s most prolific stadium on Sept. 5 against BYU.

OU will play a regular-season game inside Jerry Jones’ $1.3 billion facility before the Dallas Cowboys even do, and long before the No. 1 college program in the state of Texas ever does.

It sure seems odd that a Red River rival will christen the stadium.

The OU-BYU announcement got lost amidst the hoopla surrounding last week’s BCS national title game.