So I just watched The Longest Ride last night, and the visuals had so many parallels to the Girl Meets Texas trilogy in Girl Meets World. (I've already started to call it Lucaya the movie)
First, the characters are very similar:
The protagonist, Sophia is very similar to Maya. I would not be surprised if her character was a source of inspiration for Maya's character.
Sophia loves art, she is too busy to fall in love and she is afraid to get close to someone. More importantly, she's not sure what risks she is willing to take.
The dynamic between Sophia and Luke when they first met is reflected in Maya and Lucas's "game".
She teases him for being a cowboy, laughs when he gives her flowers like a gentleman, and she is often surprised that he won't act crude or overbearing.
Maya is far more hestitant than Sophia, because she knows that Riley likes Lucas, and she is not sure that it's worth the risk. She does finally admit to Lucas how she feels, but the scene cuts off pretty quickly.
Lucas does wear a black cowboy hat in Maya's fantasy during Girl Meets Ski Lodge, which may allude to the film.
Based on the story of the film The Longest Ride, I think Maya and Lucas will both have to take the leap if they want to make the relationship work, but currently that leap involves Rliey getting hurt. This is visually obvious in Girl Meets Triangle, and the reason Lucas and Maya decided that he should choose Riley.
The Longest Ride has a very specific lesson that mirrors this plot line. Both Sophia and Luke go after what they think they want, but it is only then that they discover what will truly bring them happiness. I think Maya and Lucas will have a similar situation.
As a bonus, a black cowboy hat is an important prop in the beginning of the film. Lucas wears a brown cowboy hat in Girl Meets Texas, but, Farkle wears a black one.