The "Game of the Night" on ESPN tonight features two undefeated schools. Yet for some reason, neither school has been talked about all year. Why is that?
Check their schedules, buddy.
Texas A&M started off their season against Stephen F. Austin, followed by a game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and finally a stirring fourth-quarter comeback against powerhouse Florida International.
While the Aggies struggle through their "intense" non-conference schedule, Oklahoma State hasn't exactly been playing stiff competition either.
They began their year by taking on possibly the worst team in FBS in the Washington State Cougars. In their second game, they took on the mighty Troy Trojans, a game in which they surrendered 38 points and barely won (41-38). In their last game, the Cowboys took on cross-state rival Tulsa, whom they drubbed 65-28.
Every year we hear how "this year is the year that A&M is a legitimate contender" or how "the Cowboys are the real team from Oklahoma" when in reality, either Oklahoma or Texas has been the team representing the Big 12 South every year since 1999. This complete dominance of conference play is part of the reason that the Big 12 is collapsing.
The lack of competitive football has hurt both Oklahoma and Texas as well, as the last time either team went to the national championship game they were pushed around by SEC teams that had been playing high-level football all season.
When a team's only game all year is a rivalry, like Texas-Oklahoma it hurts their chances to be able to be competitive in a big-time game. Their weak conference schedule also provides people with an argument against Texas or Oklahoma being in a national championship.
Also, tonight, I'm picking the Cowboys to win at home. Pickens is a tough place to play, and I don't think that A&M has enough firepower to overcome Okie State tonight.
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