Big 12 Football Preview – Oklahoma State vs Texas A&M

BetOnline.comThe No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys will travel to College Station on Saturday looking for a reason to start talking about a BCS championship, and a win against No. 8 Texas A&M  will do it.

Cowboys v Aggies
Venue/Stadium: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
Time/Date: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 24, 2011
NFL Odds From: Betonline.com
Moneyline: OFF
Spread (ATS): Texas A&M -4

Over/Under: 68.5

With a battle brewing against No. 1 Oklahoma in the Cowboy’s season finale, a win over the  undefeated Aggies on the road would give Mike Gundy’s boys a huge win and some momentum as they head towards their bout with No. 19 Texas in just two short weeks, possibly moving them into a top five ranking –high enough to be considered a true national title contender.

And it’s not like OSU hasn’t played in any big games in the past or pulled off some serious wins.

They grabbed the school’s first 10-win season with a huge win over South Carolina in the 1984 Gator Bowl and who can forget last year’s bedlam shootout  with the Sooners, who they nearly toppled from their Big 12 perch in a close 47-41 loss in a game that nearly gave them a shot at a Big 12 title.

However, there’s more on the line this season than ever before, and there are no excuses as Boone Pickens has provided Oklahoma State with everything they need to compete with the big boys.

So far, they have delivered with three consecutive wins including wins over Arizona and at Tulsa.

OSU outscored the Golden Hurricane 59-33 in one of the more exciting games in Week 3.

Nearly all of the Cowboys offense came from the aerial attack ,which is not an unaccustomed sight this season with Oklahoma State boasting the No. 1 passing offense.

Senior quarterback Brandon Weeden has already amassed 1,157 yards and 8 TDs this season but there is no question  that 2-0 A&M will be a more hostile environment than any opponent the Cowboys have faced in 2011, but it’s not a bad preview of what to expect.

Meanwhile, the Aggies. who are fresh off a 37-7 win over Idaho their last time out, will test an  OSU defense with the likes of  quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Cyrus Gray, both potential postseason award candidates and potential early round NFL draft picks.

Gray is a name that people will begin hearing more and more of as this season goes along and Tannehill, well he’s thrown for 583 yards and four touchdowns, all while posting a 72.3 completion percentage so far this season.

While both teams have a couple of  high-flying offensive players, neither has many players on the defensive side of the rock that really jump out at the casual fan. However, OSU’s Markelle Martin, who has as averaged seven tackles per game so far this season,  is a guy who will definitely have a big impact on this game.

Matt’s Prediction: OSU 38, Texas A&M 35- I think the Aggies will give the Cowboys all they can handle behind the raucous chants of the Aggies 12th Man, but I like OSU to score at will on an Aggies’ defense that hasn’t really been tested all year in a shootout type of game. A&M have to be considered the favorite solely on home field advantage, so I’m going with the underdog this one.