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Oklahoma Sooner Offense vs. Texas A&M Defense

The Stats

Team Pts/G Yds/G Pass Yds/G Rush Yds/G
Sooner O 44.5 449.1 255.6 193.5
Texas A&M D 22.3 401.1 256.1 145

The Weakness
To say that the Aggies have struggled on defense would be a bit of an understatement. However, while Texas A&M is giving up over 400 yards per game they are holding their opponents to a respectable 22.3 points per game. I guess the bend but don't brake cliché could be used when describing them.

While there are weaknesses throughout their passing defense is most susceptible and could easily be exploited. While they can be successful at stopping the run they've been consistently inconsistent at defending the pass and they've yet to play a team with receiving targets and quarterback of Oklahoma.

The Strength
Oklahoma's offense has been fairly balanced with both the passing and rushing attacks coming through in the clutch to win games. You do have to give the Sooners' passing attack the nod when it comes to being the strength of the offense.

The way the Aggies have struggled to stop the pass this season I honestly can't see how they are going to defend Malcolm Kelly, Juaquin Iglesias, Manuel Johnson, Jermaine Gresham, Joe Jon Finley and the occasional DeMarco Murray route. All Sam Bradford needs is time to find his open man and the game could very quickly get out of hand.


How will the Aggies stop him and then everyone else? photo Newsok.com

The Game Plan
I keep thinking back to the Fresno State game where the Bulldogs moved the ball at will against the Aggies during the second half and overtime. If Fresno can do that in College Station then a focused Oklahoma team should easily dominate in Norman. Allen Patrick ran through the Texas A&M defense last season in College Station but this year the pass should be Oklahoma's most dangerous weapon and the Sooners should go for the kill shot early.

The Aggies are volatile right now and Dennis Franchione is days away from becoming a lame duck head coach if he's not one already. Getting down early on the road could take the fight out of this team and you get the feeling that the Aggies are just waiting to quit. Could be interesting!

Oklahoma will use the passing game to set up their rushing attack. The Sooners want to run the ball because it wears down a defense and eats clock. With three backs in the stable ground and pound works well for Oklahoma but exceptionally well when Bradford is finding success through the air. Look for OU to start out with some short to medium passes, sprinkle in some runs and then go long. It's a formula that should work all night.