(7-1, 4-4 ATS)
Texas A&M Aggies
(5-3, 4-4 ATS)
Things can get a heck of a lot more interesting in the race in the Big XII South on Saturday night if the Texas A&M Aggies can find a way to pull the major upset over the Oklahoma Sooners in NCAA football betting action.
Oklahoma is one of these teams that just keeps finding a way to stick around in the Top 10 just based on its name. Sure, only having one loss at this juncture of the season is impressive, but there are certainly many facets of the game to improve upon if it really wants to win the Big XII and challenge for the BCS Championship. For starters, losing in a very similar game to this one against the Missouri Tigers is just inexcusable. Allowing 24+ points in half of its games doesn’t give us any confidence either. This Sooners’ ‘D’ is still allowing 373.8 yards per game on the season and really has been a hindrance on the team’s efforts. One man that really has nothing to be ashamed of it QB Landry Jones, who is well on his way to being a Heisman Trophy finalist this year. Jones is completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 2,547 yards with a hefty 21 scores against five INTs. RB DeMarco Murray has an outside chance of being a finalist as well, as he has already accounted for 752 yards on the ground and 291 through the air, totaling 15 TDs.
We’re just not all that sure the Aggies really have the fortitude to get the job done. They know that they can win out and will probably win the Big XII South, but at the same time, there really might not be a win left on this schedule either. The offense has exploded over the last two weeks with 45 points in each game, covering both NCAA football odds with ease. QB Jerrod Johnson has been benched in his senior year, which leaves QB Ryan Tannehill to pick up the pieces. Over the last two weeks, he has certainly responded. The junior that has sparingly been used over the last three seasons has thrown for 629 yards and seven scores, completing 72.9 percent of his passes in roughly a game and a half’s worth of work. RB Cyrus Gray, also a junior, has replaced the injured RB Christine Michael in a big way as well. Suddenly, Gray has rushed for 219 yards on just 29 carries with three TDs since moving into the starting lineup two games ago. WR Jeff Fuller has been around all season though, and he’ll be the man that OU has to keep the closest tabs on. Fuller has 55 receptions, 858 yards, and 11 scores to lead the team in all three categories.
The Aggies are playing with a renewed sense of confidence right now, but we aren’t sure they’re all that good. HC Mike Sherman knows that his job is still on the line here, and four straight losses to end the season would be catastrophic. At some point, the Sooners have to stop pushing the snooze button and get to work on the season. Heading into College Station might just prove to be the wakeup call that they need. They’ll have a big second half and roll past A&M.
College Football Free Pick: Oklahoma Sooners -3
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