Cotton Bowl matchup breakdown: offense

IRVING, Texas — The time has finally come for the Sooners to take on the Texas A&M Aggies in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, so Sooners Illustrated now delves into who has the advantages where in this contest.

Quarterback: Push

It's hard not to give the edge to a team with the Heisman Trophy winner, but Sooner signal caller Landry Jones' experience eliminates any kind of advantage Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel might have here in this contest. While the Aggie redshirt freshman has accounted for 43 total touchdowns and 4,600 yards of total offense, Jones has shattered numerous records as part of a season featuring 29 touchdowns and nearly 4,000 passing yards.

Backfield: Texas A&M

Let's face it: the Aggies run game is downright dangerous, in large part because of their offensive line (more on that in a minute), but also because their pair of backs Christine Michael and Ben Malena are well more than adequate. Not factoring in Manziel—he leads the team in all rushing categories—the group still manages more than 135 yards per game on the ground. That speaks to how well they run the ball. Michael, back from a torn ACL against OU last season, has rushed for 12 touchdowns in their inaugural SEC season, while Malena leads all backs with his 752 yards. The Sooners have a solid stable of backs of their own, though. With a healthy Damien Williams—and all signs point to that being the case—OU can rush the ball effectively as well. He leads the team with 905 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Brennan Clay has six to go along with his more than 500 yards.

Receivers: Oklahoma

This is the deepest receiving corps the Aggies will have faced all year in Kenny Stills, Justin Brown, Jalen Saunders and co. Those three have caught 18 touchdowns and more than 2,400 receiving yards in being one of the most electric units in the country. On the other hand, the Aggies have a solid receiving group, but not one that blows you away. Mike Evans and Ryan Swope lead the way with 1,022 and 809 yards, respectively. Swope has hauled in seven touchdowns, Evans five.

Offensive line: Texas A&M

The Aggies have a pair of potential top 10 draft picks among this group, and that's a major reason they've been able to put together the No. 1 offense in the SEC. First team All-American left tackle Luke Joeckel and third team right tackle Jake Matthews have really catapulted A&M's offense. OU has a very solid offensive line, in fact very good with future pro left tackle Lane Johnson, but it's impossible to go against the team with two big time draft picks that have produced All-American seasons.

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