The new-looking SEC will not affect the annual Texas-Oklahoma football game

Both Texas and Oklahoma athletic directors say their rival football games at the Red River Showdown will continue at the Cotton Bowl every season, no matter how the SEC is configured once they join.

OMAHA, Neb. – Sunday’s action in the College World Series offered a great drama with the rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M.

But the Longhorns always have the Oklahoma Souners in mind, whether it’s baseball at the CWS this month or football feud at any time.

Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione has confirmed that Texas and OU will play each other each year at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, no matter what configuration the new, expanded SEC looks like when the two big 12 power brands join.

“Regardless of the schedule of eight or nine conference games, we will always play in Texas,” Castiglione told American-Statesman. “If the SEC adheres to its current model of only eight games in the league, the format will be one permanent rival (OU-Texas) and seven rotating teams.

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