Oklahoma-A&M Pregame Notes

The Sooners and Aggies are set to kickoff at 11 a.m. Saturday morning at Owen Field. The game will be broadcast regionally by ABC. The Sooners have won five of the last six meetings (three straight at Owen Field) and lead the overall series 13-10.

The Matchup
Oklahoma (5-3, 4-1) vs. Texas A&M (5-4, 3-3)

11 a.m. CST. -- Owen Field (82,221) -- Norman, Okla.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be televised regionally by ABC. Gary Thorne (play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (analyst) and Vinne Welch (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 for 'Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M'.

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The Series
The Sooners lead the all-time series 13-10 and are 9-2 against the Aggies in Norman. OU has won two straight and five of the last six meetings. The have have won three straight in Norman. The combined score for those three meetings — 159-16

Last Meeting
Oklahoma won last year's matchup 42-35 in College Station. Jason White threw for five touchdowns and Adrian Peterson rushed for 101 yards as the Sooners overcame a three 14-point deficits.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 72-15 in his seventh year in Norman. Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione is 16-17 in his fourth season in College Station. He is 1-3 head-to-head against Stoops and 1-2 against the Sooners since arriving at A&M.

About Texas A&M
The Aggies come into Saturday's matchup ranked 26th nationally in scoring offense (32.56 ppg) and 18th in total offense (446.97 ypg). A&M ranks 11th in rushing offense (223.89 ypg) and 58th in passing offense (222.78 ypg).

Defensively, the Aggies rank 86th in scoring defense (29.67 ppg) and 105th in total defense (448.56 ypg). A&M's defense ranks 37th against the run (127.33 ypg) and 116th out of 117 teams against the pass (321.22 ypg).

Punter Justin Brantley ranks 16th nationally with a 43.44 yards per punt average, while kicker Todd Pegram is 11-for-14 on field goals (long of 45) and 36-for-36 on extra points.

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About Oklahoma
The Sooners come into Saturday's game ranked 64th nationally in scoring offense (25.88 ppg) and 93rd in total offense (318.88 ypg). OU's rushing attack ranks 47th nationally (155.88 ypg), while their passing attack is currently 101st (160 ypg).

Defensively, the Sooners rank 51st in scoring defense (24.50 ppg) and 15th in total defense (398.5 ypg). OU's defense ranks 2nd nationally against the run (69.25 ypg) and 73rd against the pass (229.25 ypg).

Punter Cody Freeby ranks 39th nationally with a 41.52 yard per punt average, while kicker Garrett Hartley is 13-for-20 on field goals (long of 52) and 22-for-23 on extra points.

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Franchione on Oklahoma
"This is the third team that's had an open week before we've played them. It's kind of unusual to have that. There's nothing we can do about that. We've just got to stay focused on what we have control over and that's not one of them right there.

"Well, obviously they have the best run defense we've played I'd say. (They are) probably the most athletic front that we have played since Clemson.

"They're coming together pretty good as a unit right now. You can kind of tell early in the year they had new faces and had some growing pains they were going through. But you can tell now in the last month that they've started to get into a rhythm defensively, and they're pretty aggressive in their calls.

"I would say it's maybe as good a defense as we've gone against this year — I'm trying to think if anybody is comparable at this point in time. I don't think there is."

Stoops on Texas A&M
"A&M is a team that we see that has been very explosive offensively. You look at Big 12 statistics only and they're averaging over 400 yards a game. They're third or fourth I believe in the league in scoring offense. They're a team that can be very explosive.

"We have to be able to contain and pressure McNeal and take away their big plays. They like to go after a lot of big plays on early downs and we've got to be good and be in position to take those away.

"We have to be very good defensively. They're one of the teams in the league that's been better running the football, so that will be a key component for us defensively — to be able to stop their running game and be great against the run."

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