Oklahoma State at Texas A&M: Shootout Predictions
The Aggies look for revenge after a bitter loss to the Cowboys last season.
By: Patrick Snow | 9/23/11, 2:34 PM EDT
This Big 12 contest should be one of the more fun college football games all season. The high-octane offenses of Oklahoma State and Texas A&M will meet in College Station on Saturday afternoon in what is only the third game in the history of Kyle Field involving two Top-10 teams. The other two were in 1941 and 1975 when the Aggies hosted Texas, and you can expect the 12th Man to be as loud as ever for this game. The Cowboys won a 38-35 thriller in Stillwater last season, and A&M’s five turnovers in that loss still has Mike Sherman fuming. The OSU triplets of Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and Joseph Randle are lighting up scoreboards once again this season, while the Aggies have balanced, high-scoring offense and home-field advantage.
Who Wins the Oklahoma State -Texas A&M Shootout?
Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden)
Give me the upset-minded Pokes. I didn't think it was possible for Oklahoma State's offense to be better after the loss of mad scientist Dana Holgorsen, but that is the way it appears. Brandon Weeden trails only Case Keenum in total offense nationally (370.3 yards per game) and is leading the nation's No. 1 passing offense (408 ypg), the nation's No. 2 total offense (601 ypg) and the nation's No. 3 scoring offense (52.3 ppg). And at least the Cowboys have played a quality opponent when they destroyed Arizona 37-14 on national TV. Oklahoma State has arguably the league's top quarterback, wide receiver, offensive line and most versatile running back. Texas A&M is loaded with talent but has yet to face a quality opponent. Additionally, do not overlook the desire to "beat the Aggies on the way out of the door" factor. Pokes 38-35, (sound familiar?)
Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Deciding between Oklahoma State and Texas A&M for the No. 2 spot in the Big 12 was one of the most difficult decisions we had to make during our preseason picks meeting. And after three weeks, neither team has separated itself from the other. I like Texas A&M to win this game, largely because it’s in College Station. The Cowboys won this matchup last year, but were helped by four interceptions from Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson. Texas A&M’s switch to Ryan Tannehill under center paid off in the second half of last season and that momentum seems to have carried over into 2011. Stopping Oklahoma State won’t be easy for the Aggies, especially the Brandon Weeden-Justin Blackmon connection. However, the Cowboys struggled to stop Tulsa’s rushing attack last week, which is concerning with the one-two punch of Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael coming for Texas A&M. Unfortunately, since the Aggies plan on moving to the SEC next year, who knows when these two teams will meet again. However, I like Texas A&M by a field goal this Saturday, in what should be one of Week 4’s most entertaining matchups.
I'll take the coach who's "a man!" rather than the school whose "yell?" leaders are men. Mike Gundy's Cowboys over Mike Sherman's Aggies, in a barn-burner -- as opposed to the couch-burner between LSU and West Virginia later on that night. Oklahoma State brings the nation's No. 1 passing offense (408.0 ypg) and No. 3 scoring offense (52.3 ppg) to Texas A&M for what should be an old-fashioned shootout. O-State 27-year-old fifth-year senior quarterback Brandon Weeden has been prolific passing the ball (1,154 yards, 8 TDs) but will need to protect possession (6 INTs, 2 pick-sixes vs. UL Lafayette in Week 1) in order for the Pokes to sneak out with a Top-10 win in College Station.
Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
I’ll take Texas A&M to win because of the crowd at Kyle Field and a better defense. In last year’s loss, the Aggies outgained the Cowboys 535-351 in total yards. The aforementioned turnovers were the issue, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill should take care of the ball against a suspect OSU defense. The Pokes will still put up yards and points with the Weeden-Blackmon combination, but the Aggies should be able to slow down OSU more than the Cowboys stop the A&M offense. Once again, it will come down to turnovers and Texas A&M will be better in that department this season. That factor, Mike Sherman’s motivation after last year’s frustrating loss and the 12th Man will all culminate in a 41-34 A&M victory.
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