Primetime College Football: Aggies vs Cowboys
This game goes down on the ESPN network and it features the Texas A&M University Aggies taking on the Oklahoma State University Cowboys at Lewis Field in Stillwater.
Head coach Mike Sherman brings his Aggies into Stillwater with a 3-0 record and playing in their first Big 12 game of the season. Besides being the Aggies first Big 12 game it’s also their first time on TV this season. Texas A&M opened the season with back-to-back routs but is trying to regain composure after committing 5 turnovers in a win against Florida International.
The Texas A&M offense is lead by senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson, 865 yards 7 touchdowns 4 INTs, who has helped the team average 41 ppg and 501.3 total ypg so far. Junior wide receiver Jeff Fuller, 280 yards 3 touchdowns, leads the team in receiving while sophomore Ryan Swope, 202 yards, is a close second. The rushing attack is handled by sophomore Christine Michael, 331 yards 3 touchdowns, while junior Cyrus Gray, 188 yards 2 touchdowns, is second.
Defensively the Aggies have only allowed 14 ppg and 255.7 total ypg and limiting opponents to 69 ypg on just 2.2 yards per carry against the run. Junior linebacker Garrick Williams leads the team with 27 tackles and freshman defensive tackle Damontre Moore has 3 sacks.
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy also brings his Cowboys into their first Big 12 game also with an undefeated mark at 3-0. The Cowboys come into this matchup leading the nation in total offense at 596 yards per game. Oklahoma State’s offense is controlled 26 year-old junior quarterback Brandon Weeden, 975 yards 11 touchdowns 2 INTs, has completed 73.3 percent of his passes. Weeden’s favorite target is sophomore wide receiver Justin Blackmon, 431 yards 8 touchdowns, who is the leading receiver in the nation.
As for the ground attack the Cowboys have gotten back a healthy rusher in senior Kendall Hunter, 473 yards 6 touchdowns, who is averaging 7.9 yards per attempt and is clearly one of the best players at his position in all of college football.
The Cowboys defense though is giving up 27 ppg and 374.3 total ypg however their blowout wins have allowed for significant playing time for the reserves on defense. With that the Cowboys have giving up 29 points in the fourth quarter, more than twice as many as the the others. Oklahoma State is averaging three takeaways per game.
Texas A&M owns a 17-8 series lead over Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys will be trying to win three straight games for the first time in the series.
PICK: Oklahoma State University Cowboys