Oklahoma and Texas officials are cautiously optimistic that their annual football showdown still will be played at the Cotton Bowl in the Fair Park in Dallas, despite the announcement Tuesday that the fair would be canceled.
Oklahoma-Texas is one of the longest-running and most intense rivalries in college football. This year's game is scheduled for Oct. 10.
''Though we certainly respect and understand the decision of the folks in Dallas on their cancellation of this year's State Fair of Texas, we fully anticipate that our annual Red River Showdown with Oklahoma will be played in the Cotton Bowl and are continuing to prepare for that,'' Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a statement.
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement that ''the best thing all of us can do at this time is closely follow CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus.''