The Red River Rivalry doesn't need gimmicks for people to pay attention, as previous history has done enough for it to be considered one of the most anticipated games on the college football schedule.
But why not?
In today's game, every big matchup needs new uniforms, so that's exactly what you're going to get when Texas and Oklahoma square off Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
Let's check out these bad boys, as the schools made the announcement via Twitter:
Red River Rivalry uniforms. Gold trim in honor of the Golden Hat Trophy. pic.twitter.com/B8x0jirqgv— UTexas Equipment (@UTexasEquipment) October 7, 2013
Both programs will wear Nike designed uniforms that include the Nike gold swoosh on the upper left side of the jersey. The numbers are also outlined in gold trim to add a little something extra for these prestigious schools. Because, you know, it's a big game and these players need to look fresh when taking the field.
Bob Ballou of CBS Austin snagged a picture of the cleats and the gloves the Longhorns will wear, and they are just as flashy as you would expect:
And Jake Trotter of ESPN got a close up of Oklahoma's jersey so you can see every detail of the stitching:
OU will be wearing gold trim uniforms for the Texas game. pic.twitter.com/OSAWbebnvq— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 7, 2013
Yay or nay on the new uniforms?
It's hard to go wrong with either of these new wardrobes. They're clean, updated and don't break tradition to the point traditionalists will be able to sleep soundly at night. Could you imagine what Sooners' fans would do if players took the field wearing anything other than crimson and cream? The world would come to an end before kickoff.
This is simply Nike doing its part to add a twist to a classic rivalry. Dip the jersey in gold, slap on the Nike and Red River logo and call it a day.
Now, hopefully this leads to inspired players and we actually get a competitive game between these two teams. Oklahoma has won the last three meetings, with the last two being decided by a combined 80 points.