Oklahoma Sooners at Texas A&M Aggies
Saturday, 11/6/2010, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Oklahoma -4
Current Betting Line: Oklahoma -3
Opening Total: 60.5
Current Total: 61
Current Moneyline: Oklahoma -150 / Texas A&M +130
Oklahoma is coming off an impressive 43-10 home victory over Colorado and now heads on the road for the second time in three weeks to take on the Aggies. “Going on the road to all these Big 12 south division teams, and North, it’s tough,” said head coach Bob Stoops. “But you could ask me that the six times a year we’re on the road. Stoops has garnered a solid 33-15 mark away from Norman during his time on the sidelines at OU. The Sooners lead the series 18-10, but are 4-5 at College Station. The team has proven victorious in each of the last seven meetings, including a 65-10 home blowout least year. The offense should be more than ready after rolling up 635 yards of total offense against the Buffaloes last week, including a school-record 488 yards through the air. The team is 4-1 ATS in its last five conference games and currently favored by three points according to the college football lines page.
The Sooners have racked up yards all season long and rank No. 14 in the nation in total offense by averaging 473.8 yards per game. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles has been a major part of the success, leading the nation in catches per game (9.75) and is third nationally in receiving yards per game (127.25). Defensively, the numbers aren’t nearly as impressive, with the unit ranking No. 68 in total defense. Oklahoma’s defense has been good in its last two home games, but leaves much to be desired on the road, especially when looking at the numbers in the Missouri loss.
Texas A&M enters with a 5-3 overall record and will be seeking to push its record to 3-2 in conference play and gaining bowl eligibility. The Aggies have a quarterback controversy heading into this weekend’s game due to Ryan Tannehill’s record-breaking performance against Texas Tech on Saturday. “Well, I don’t know that I’m the starter,” he commented. “They haven’t told me yet. I just have to prepare and go to practice.” It’s a big decision for head coach Mike Sherman to make, especially knowing that Jerrod Johnson was the preseason Big 12 offensive MVP. Texas A&M has a legitimate shot at an upset regardless of who’s behind center and is ranked higher in total yards gained and total defense. The home team is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
The Aggies’ 623 yards of total offense against Texas Tech was the top offensive output of the Sherman era. Texas A&M quarterbacks have tossed at least one passing touchdown in each game this season and in their last 32 games overall. Turnovers will be a major factor in Saturday’s contest and the squad ranks as one of the nation’s most turnover-prone teams. With 21 lost turnovers in 2010, only seven teams have given up more turnovers than the Aggies. Last week, the team had a manageable three turnovers in a 45-29 win.
Bettors may fade the Sooners due to their 1-6 ATS mark following an ATS win, while the Aggies are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog.
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