Schedule outlook: Texas looms large on OU's list of top matchups

With new head coaches in place and the usual bragging rights and Big 12 stakes on the line, Oklahoma and Texas' meeting this autumn looms almost as large as Big Tex, the official greeter and centerpiece of the Texas State Fair. (Kyle Phillips / The Transcript)  

Oklahoma and Texas' annual football game is the centerpiece of the State Fair of Texas. 

But what if the fair gets benched?

The State Fair of Texas announced it will decide by "mid- to late-July" about whether to hold the event in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The fair runs Sept. 25 through Oct. 18. OU and Texas are scheduled to play Oct. 10. 

"Every day more businesses begin to open, and more information is coming from experts on how businesses can operate and keep customers safe," the release said. "Over the coming weeks, we will see what that means for large events.

"Discussions surrounding the 2020 State Fair of Texas and what that may or may not look like continue on a daily basisIf the Fair opens, it will look different from every other year in order to ensure a safe environment."

That would include limited attendance, pre-entry screenings and social distancing. 

As Texas tries to reopen its economy, it's experiencing a spike in positive COVID cases. Texas saw an increase of 165 hospitalizations from Monday to Tuesday as it hit a new state high of 2,518. 

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