College Football: Texas A&M and Oklahoma State in Top 10 Tussle

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

It’s winner take all in College Station this weekend as the Aggies play host to the Cowboys. Al Dannity breaks down the big factors in what promises to be an offensive shootout.

How tough is this A&M defense? The talk all summer long and indeed in the weeks leading up to this game has been about the prospect of a shootout. Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon have arguably the best quarterback-receiver relationship in all of College Football while Ryan Tannehill and Cyrus Gray have put up some gaudy numbers for the Aggies on offense. Yet there could be an untold story waiting for its moment.

Through two games the Aggies have allowed a total of 21 points, with opponents recording just 267 yards per game including just 67.5 rushing yards per game. Now there are some major qualifiers to these numbers. Idaho and SMU are not going to set the world alight in 2011 and found themselves needing to pass a lot early after falling into big holes. Still it’s an area for College Football betting fans to monitor, particularly with an explosive offense coming to town.

About that explosive offense There was only one visible negative effect from the Cowboys starting their game against Tulsa at 12.15am. It wasn’t the result, the 59-33 beat-down is what we’ve come to expect. Instead it was the end to Blackmon’s 14 game run of 100 yard receiving games, with the wideout making do with 57 yards and a touchdown. That blip for Blackmon hasn’t stopped the Cowboys from charging to the top the rankings in passing offense. The running game isn’t bad either. Despite the loss of Kendall Hunter, the Cowboys are still racking up 193 yards per game.

The verdict The frustrating thing about the early season is that many teams don’t schedule enough testing games to get a good read on them. The Aggies are certainly guilty as charged in that regard albeit inadvertently, as their prime non-conference game is next week. The Cowboys however have played a somewhat meatier schedule, with a home test against Arizona proving particularly informative. While the Oklahoma State defense is still far from confidence inspiring, they showed against Nick Foles that they can step up when facing an effective quarterback. That to me is going to be the difference this weekend. The Cowboys will bring their best game on offense to College Station and get just enough done on defense to leave with the win as +4.5 underdogs with Sports Interaction.