OU vs. Texas A&M: Three Keys to Victory

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners are set to host the Texas A&M Aggies for the final time as conference members, and it's time for this week's three keys to victory for the Sooners.

1. Wear them out along the perimeter--A widely known fact about Texas A&M is that their defense is not that good statistically. They have allowed 423.63 yards per game throughout their first eight contests, which puts them among the ranks of teams like UCLA, Fresno State and UTEP in total defense, where they sit at 90th in the nation. With guys like Kenny Stills, Ryan Broyles, Jaz Reynolds and the rest of the receiving unit, the Sooners should be able to work them up and down the field, especially in the passing game. And they shouldn't have much problem scoring either because A&M has given up 26 touchdowns so far this year, far from dominant.

2. Get in Ryan Tannehill's grill--He's a tremendous passer, if you give him time. But that's something the Sooner defense hasn't done a lot of this year for its opponents. That's because OU leads the nation with its 34 sacks and has been in the backfield harassing quarterbacks on numerous other occasions. Tannehill won't be able to find his great receivers, Ryan Swope and Jeff Fuller, if he doesn't have time to sit back in the pocket, and that'll be a goal of the Sooners Saturday.

3. Play a full game--Another weakness for the Aggies is their inability to play a full 60 minutes. Everyone saw it when they blew a 20-3 halftime lead at home against Oklahoma State. Everyone saw it when they blew an even larger halftime advantage against Arkansas, as the Aggies let a 35-17 advantage slip away. And their latest inability to play a complete game came against Missouri, when they coughed up a 28-14 third quarter lead. So, if the Sooners can play four quarters, there's a great chance they'll come out on top in this one.

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