The State Fair of Texas is off, but the Red River Showdown is still on, for now.
It is no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a massive shadow of uncertainty over the upcoming 2020 college football season.
Various ideas have been thrown around on how the college football season should be conducted, such as teams not traveling long distances and whether or not to allow fans in the stadium. Also, as players have returned to campus athletic facilities, numerous precautions and virus testing have been into place.
Now, a new caveat has been thrown into the mix with the Texas State Fair announcing its cancelation. This can affect college football because the Texas State fairgrounds is home to the Cotton Bowl Stadium, where the famed Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma is held each year.
Despite the current closure, there is no reason to fret since the matchup is still slated to go down on Oct. 10, at least for now.
The closure of the fairgrounds has some college football fans worried about the status of the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl.
Both Oklahoma and Texas Athletic Directors released statements they still plan to host the rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl, although things can change.
While most teams and conferences are at least hoping to have some sort of a college football season in order to avoid absolutely huge economic losses, there are still many issues that can prevent a season from occurring in the fall; and most conference officials agree that the future is impossible to predict.
That uncertainty holds true for every college football program, regardless of funds or stature. And with college football attempting to operate in unprecedented times, fans must swallow the unappealing pill that it is certainly possible we will not see the Red River Showdown this fall.
But for right now, let’s enjoy the fact that we are still on track to see one of college football’s greatest rivalry games, and hope that it produces more classic moments as it has in the past.