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No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners (7-1, 4-4 ATS) at Texas A&M Aggies (5-3, 4-4 ATS), Week 10 College Footbal, Saturday, November 6th, 7:00PM Eastern Kyle Field College Station, Tx
By Jay Horne, Professional Sports Handicapper of Predictem.com
Betting Odds: Okl -3/Texas A&M +3
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If it is not obvious the Big 12 is wide open this season and that will likely lead to a lot of excitement over the next few weeks. The no. 8 ranked Oklahoma Sooners are definitely considered the class of the Big 12 this season, but they are wrapped up in a 3 way tie a top the Big 12 South. While the Sooners control their own destiny, one slip up could result in the Sooners being held out of a Big 12 Championship appearance. A&M will host the Okie Sooners this Saturday in what could be a make or break game for the Sooners Big 12 Title hopes. It has been 8 years since the Aggies defeated the Sooners, but many think this year’s meeting will be A&M’s best chance to score another huge victory over Oklahoma.
The last two meetings between the two schools have resulted in huge blowouts by Oklahoma. The Sooners have posted over 60 points in each of the last two meetings while the Aggies have only managed 38 points combined. However, Texas A&M will have a chance to make up for those embarrassing losses this Saturday and perhaps extract a little revenge. Texas A&M has an offense to match the Sooners this season which has not been the case over the past few years.
Texas A&M sports the 10th best total offense in the country averaging 485 yards per game. The Aggies have been lethal through the air averaging 322 yards per game. QB Jerrod Johnson has been the starter for most of the season, but backup Ryan Tannehill earned his first start against Texas Tech last week and dazzled in the spotlight. In his first career start, Tannehill threw for a school record 449 passing yards and 4 touchdowns while Johnson, the school’s career passing leader, watched from the sidelines. Tannehill has earned himself a second straight start, but if things go to the wayside Johnson will be quick to fill in.
Outside of the slight quarterback controversy, the Aggies have a couple big time playmakers that will make it difficult for the Sooners defense. Running back Christine Michael has rushed for 631 yards on the season while averaging 5 yards per carry resulting in 4 touchdowns. Michael provides the offense with balance, but of course their power still comes from the passing attack. WR Jeff Fuller ranks 9th individually in all of college football with 858 receiving yards while also adding a lucrative 11 touchdown receptions the season as well. Fuller is the go to guy for the offense so he will need to have a big game to help the Aggies in their quest for a monumental victory.
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On the Oklahoma side of the field, they are poised with an equally dangerous passing offense that has averaged 326 yards per game on the season. QB Landry Jones has started to develop into one of the better passers in the nation. On the season, Jones has completed 67% with 21 touchdowns and only 5 picks on the season. WR Ryan Broyles has eclipsed the 1,000 yard receiving mark for the 2nd straight season. Broyles has 1,018 receiving yards this season to go along with 8 touchdowns. Only Greg Salas (Hawaii) and Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) have more yards this season than Broyles. Outside of Broyles, there has been a big drop off in terms of production. WR Kenny Stills is 2nd on the team with just 353 receiving yards. Therefore, it will be interesting to see if the Aggies defense can put some extra help towards Broyles side of the field and force Jones to throw the ball elsewhere.
Jay’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: This is only Oklahoma’s 3rd road trip this season and they have failed to cover in their last two trips away. Even though I think Oklahoma pulls out the victory, I don’t believe it is the safest play. On the other hand, expect a shootout from the offenses in this one the total sails over the mark. Take the over 60. Good luck!