OSU-Texas A&M Matchups & Prediction

Robert Allen breaks down Saturday's game against Texas A&M and gives his thoughts on the three key matchups in the game. Kickoff for the nationally televised game (Fox Sports Network) is scheduled for 6:38 p.m.

Three Most Dangerous Aggies
1. Stephen McGee, QB
2. Michael Goodson, RB
3. Misi Tupe, LB

Three Key Matchups vs. Texas A&M
1. OSU Offensive Line vs. A&M Defensive Front
This game will be won or lost with the big guys up front -- both sides of the ball and both teams. The two teams both have quality skill players, so the big guys will be the difference. The OSU offensive line has been strong since adapting following the loss of David Washington at center. Andrew Lewis has done fine moving from guard to center and Steve Denning has been stout moving in at guard. Not only has the run game taken off with this line and the return of Dantrell Savage, but they have not allowed a sack.

A&M had a strong defensive line on paper heading into the season, but they have not been as stout as predicted as they are last in the Big 12 in sacks, and last week for the first time in three years Baylor got through a game without giving up a sack.
Advantage: OSU Offensive Line

2. OSU Defensive Front vs. A&M Offensive Line
OK, turnabout is fair play and the Aggies are good up front. OSU is improving but still a little slim at defensive tackle. The linebackers will have to be very active, along with the defensive ends. They also have to be sound in their assignments with A&M being so option oriented.
Advantage: A&M Offensive Line

3. OSU QB Zac Robinson vs. A&M Secondary
Robinson should have confidence as this was the same defense he came off the bench last year for the injured Bobby Reid and first showed he could handle the QB duty. Robinson is a cool customer that appears to have ice in the veins and he should have learned some lessons with a few mistake throws last week in the win over Sam Houston State. The road won't bother him, nothing does. The last two weeks have given him a good dose of confidence.
Advantage: Zac Robinson

The Cowboys use lessons from trips and losses at Georgia and Troy to come out without early mistakes and get an early lead which keeps A&M from having the chance to front run.
Oklahoma State, 31, Texas A&M 21
OSU Prediction Record: 2-3
Last Week: OSU 45-14 (OSU won 39-3)

Big 12 Predictions
Colorado 20 @Baylor 13
@Texas Tech 48 Iowa State 10
@Kansas State 26 Kansas 24
@Missouri 38 Nebraska 21
Oklahoma 28 Texas 14 @Dallas
Big 12 Prediction Record: 41-7

OSU Non-Conference Opponents Predictions
Georgia 27 @Tennessee 20
South Florida 52 @Florida Atlantic 14
Troy 32 @Florida International 6
@Sam Houston 21 Central Arkansas 14
Opponents Prediction Record: 11-3

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