College Football Week 5 Match Ups: Oklahoma State A 3-Point Favorite Over Texas A&M
September 30th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

This Thursday night college football action matches two teams from the Big 12 eager to make their mark early in conference play.  The Texas A&M Aggies (3-0) visit the No.24 Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0) in Stillwater as both open up their Big 12 slate.

This week, it’s not the Red River Rivalry that features two unbeaten teams.

For the Aggies, it’s their first opportunity to showcase themselves on TV, as they have yet to receive that opportunity through four weeks in the season.

“As long as we play every game like we’re supposed to, we’ll be where we want to be at the end of the year. It’s OK that we haven’t been on TV, we’ll get our time eventually,” remarked Texas A&M’s Von Miller.

The winner of this game will get an early leg up against Big-12 South favorites in Texas and Oklahoma, as either the Longhorns or Sooners will lose this weekend.

“Our coaching staff has enjoyed being under the radar, but our players understand the importance of performing in big games,” remarked Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy “We want them to relax, we want them to go out and have fun and play hard and play with great effort.”

Oklahoma State has stormed out of the game to begin this 2010 College Football Season, putting up 57 points per game, which ranks second in the country.  Quarterback Brandon Weeden leads the No.2-ranked passing offense as well, averaging just under 400 yards per game.  On the year, Weeden has thrown for 11 touchdowns, as the Cowboys rolled over Tulsa 65-28 in their last outing.

On the other sideline, the Aggie offense is no slouch on offense either, ranking 12th in the country averaging 41 points per game.  After cruising through the first two games of the season, Texas A&M struggled last week to beat Florida International 27-20.  Still, the Aggies remain unbeaten and a win over Oklahoma State would build positive momentum early in the Big 12.

“We had a blowout game and a big confidence-booster, and they had a bit of a scare,” said Cowboy cornerback Andrew McGee. “Now, that could help them in a way, too, because I think it helped us against Troy. It kind of (brought) us back to reality, that you can’t sleep on anybody.”

Texas A&M started out 3-0 last year as well, before losing three in a row, with one being the the Cowboys.

“We’re a year older and a year wiser. I don’t think we’re as fragile as we were a year ago,” Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman said. “When things went south in the fourth ballgame last year against Arkansas, and they went south very fast, I don’t think we handled that very well.

“I think our team is more mentally mature to be able to handle the adversity and the bumps in the road that come in a game. If you can’t handle those things, it’s difficult to win games consistently.”

Game Line-

Looking ahead at this one, Oklahoma State has been set by USA Online Sportsbooks and College Football Betting Lines as a three-point favorite to defeat Texas A&M.  The over/under for the contest sits at 66.5 points.

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