#2 Oklahoma vs. #22 Texas A&M

Kickoff between the Sooners (8-0) and Aggies (6-2) is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast regionally by ABC. Oklahoma leads the all-time series by a 12-10 mark, but are only 1-5 against A&M at Kyle Field (pictured above). See inside for OU-Texas A&M game notes and matchup information. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Matchup
#2 Oklahoma (8-0, 5-0) at #22 Texas A&M (6-2, 4-1)

Kickoff
2:30 a.m. CST. Kyle Field (82,600) College Station, Texas

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be broadcast regionally by ABC. Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Bob Griese (analyst) and Lynn Swann (sideline) will call the game. To listen the OU radio broadcast live on the internet, click the link below and then click the 'audio' link next on the right hand column of the Texas A&M game.

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The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series by a 12-10 mark. However, the Aggies are 5-1 against the Sooners in College Station. Oklahoma beat the Aggies, 77-0 last year in Norman.

The Rankings
The Sooners are No. 2 in both the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press Polls. Texas A&M is No. 22 in both polls.

The Coaches
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is 63-11 in his sixth season in Norman. Texas A&M Head Coach Dennis Franchione is 10-10 in his second season in College Station. Overall, Franchione is 165-83-2 as a head coach at New Mexico, TCU, Alabama and A&M. He is 0-3 against the Sooners and 0-2 head-to-head against Stoops.

About Texas A&M
The Aggies come into Saturday's game ranked 13th in total offense (452.50 ypg) and 27th in scoring offense (31.75 ppg). A&M is 28th nationally in passing offense (254.0 ypg) and 20th in rushing offense (198.50 ypg).

A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal ranks 6th nationally in total offense (309 ypg) and 19th in passing efficiency. McNeal has completed 130 of his 218 pass attempts for 1836 yards, nine touchdowns and only one interception. The junior from Lufkin, Texas also leads the team in rushing with 636 yards on the season. Courtney Lewis is the Aggies starting running back and second-leading rusher. Lewis averages four 4.2 yards per carry and has recorded 561 rushing yards this season. A&M's top receiving threat is Terrence Murphy. Murphy ranks 46th nationally in receiving (71.29 ypg) and has caught 36 passes for 499 yards.

Defensively, Texas A&M ranks 36th nationally in scoring defense (20.1 ppg) and 58th in total defense (364.5 ypg). The Aggies are 31st in rushing defense (117.1 ypg) and 98th in passing defense (247.63 ypg).

Cornerback Jonte Buhl leads the Aggies with 54 tackles. Defensive end Mike Montgomery is second with 51, safety Jaxson Appel is third with 50 and linebacker Justin Warren is fourth with 47. Montgomery leads the team in tackles for loss (9.5) and is second in sacks (4). Injured linebacker Keelan Jackson leads the team with six sacks, followed by defensive end Jason Jack with 4.5. Jackson, who was injured earlier in the season against Kansas State, was not listed on the Aggies' depth chart released for Saturday's game.

Punter Jacob Young ranks 95th nationally with an average of 37.77 yards per punt. Kicker Todd Pegram is 28-for-31 on extra points and a perfect 10-for-10 on field goal attempts with a long of 44 yards.

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About Oklahoma
The Sooners come into Saturday's showdown ranked 11th nationally in total offense (461.5 ypg) and 12th in scoring offense (35.5 ppg). Oklahoma is 16th in rushing offense (225.5 ypg) and 39th in passing offense (236 ypg)

Senior quarterback Jason White, who ranks 9th nationally in passing efficiency, has been on a roll his last three games completing 60 percent of his passes for 866 yards, 11 touchdowns and only one interception. For the season, White has completed 142 of his 223 pass attempts for 1838 yards, 20 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Freshman running back Adrian Peterson, who tied the NCAA mark for consecutive 100-yard games (8) as a freshman, ranks 3rd nationally in rushing at 159 yards per game and 12th in all-purpose yards (159.8). Peterson can tie the NCAA record for 100-yard games in a season by a freshman if he reaches the feat this week against A&M and next week against Nebraska. Wisconsin running back Anthony Davis set the record at 10 games in 2001.

Defensively, Oklahoma is 13th nationally in scoring defense (15.4 ppg) and 20th in total defense (299.63 ypg). The Sooners rank 5th nationally in rushing defense (85.6 ypg) and tied for 61st in passing defense (214 ypg).

Junior safety Brodney Pool leads the Sooner defense with 60 tackles, followed by linebackers Lance Mitchell and Rufus Alexander with 53. Senior defensive end Dan Cody leads the team quarterback hurries (11), tackles for loss (10) and sacks (7). Pool leads the team in pass breakups (7) and interceptions (2).

Punter Blake Ferguson ranks 20th nationally with a 43.4 per punt average. Kicker Trey DiCarlo is 35-for-37 on extra points and 7-for-12 on field goals with a long of 35 yards. DiCarlo also has 29 touchbacks on 59 kickoffs.

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Franchione on Oklahoma
"There offense is a concern as much as anything. They are balanced. They can run and pass just about as well as anyone in America. We're pretty good at that, as well, but they're really good at it. They've got a great tailback and a great quarterback. I don't know if you're ever going to find many teams historically certainly, and in the future of college football, that has a sixth-year quarterback that just won the Heisman and a freshman tailback that's being mentioned as one. Just the number of starters they have back on their team. They just have a great football team. There are a lot of concerns when you play a team like that. Hopefully we can make them have to throw the football and then we'll be concerned about our pass defense.

Stoops on Texas A&M
"Texas A&M's still in a position in the Big 12 South race, so this is another one of those games that will make a big difference in the Big 12 South and the Big 12 Championship game. We see Texas A&M as being a team that's much improved from a year ago — six straight wins up until last weeks game. We see them as an excellent team. I think Reggie McNeal is one of the better players in this conference. He's the big key to them offensively without question — run and pass. Big challenge to go down there and play well to put ourself another step closer to the South championship."


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