Oklahoma State and Texas A&M: 3 Reasons They Could Win the Big 12

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst ISeptember 17, 2011

Oklahoma State and Texas A&M: 3 Reasons They Could Win the Big 12

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    As every college football fan is aware, the Oklahoma Sooners are the top-ranked team in the nation.  

    Their offensive is explosive and filled with playmakers, while the same description could suit the Oklahoma defense as well. 

    However, the Sooners have only played one game this season, a comfortable 47-14 win over Tulsa. 

    No doubt that it was an impressive performance, but how good the Sooners really are will be determined by their meeting with Florida State in Week 2.  

    Win or lose, Oklahoma should be worried about Big 12 rivals Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.  

    Here's why.  

Oklahoma State's Passing Attack

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    Oklahoma State's offense as a whole has looked rock-solid this season, but their passing attack has looked otherworldly.  

    With the second-best pass attack in the nation, quarterback Brandon Weedon has racked up an absurd 785 yards and five touchdowns in just two games.  

    While Weedon has thrown four interceptions, that has had little or no consequence in their wins over Louisiana-Lafayette (61-34) and Arizona (37-14).

    Cowboys wide receiver Justin Blackmon has basically looked uncoverable for the most part, already reeling in 20 catches for 272 yards and two touchdowns.  

    Week 4 should be an interesting showdown between Texas A&M, as OSU is currently ranked eighth in the nation, with Texas A&M ranked ninth.   

Texas A&M's Efficiency

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    The Aggies may not have the most high-powered offense, but they certainly know how to get in the end zone. 

    After decimating Southern Methodist 46-14 in Week 1, it was impossible to ignore the efficiency of Texas A&M's offense. 

    Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was 21-of-26 passing for 246 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers.  

    Wide receiver Ryone Swope had over 100 yards and a touchdown, while running backs Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael each crossed the chalk twice. 

    Both tailbacks also averaged over six yards per carry.  

    If the Aggies can keep this pace up, they will give Oklahoma State and Arkansas some problems.  

    Oklahoma will certainly be eyeing those games closely. 

Texas A&M Set the Blue Print to Beat the Sooners Last Year

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    While college teams obviously change a great deal from one season to the next, it is hard to forget the fact that Texas A&M pulled a huge upset over Oklahoma last year.  

    Ryan Tannehill had a typical day passing, with 225 yards and two touchdowns, but he also had a great day rushing with 122 yards rushing and a score on the ground as well.

    Certainly, Oklahoma did not look their best, dropping passes and mishandling snaps, but the bottom line is that the Sooner defense had few answers for Texas A&M.

    Ryan Swope had a monster day, catching eight passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.

    If Texas A&M can keep their consistency up, they may pull off another massive upset in 2011.