Back in the Spotlight
For the first time since the 2005 Orange Bowl, ESPN's College Gameday will broadcast from the sight of an Oklahoma game, as the Gameday crew announced Sunday they will be in College Station this weekend. It will mark only the second time Gameday has been in College Station, with the first coming during Oklahoma's 31-28 win over the Aggies on Nov. 11, 2000.
You remember — that game when Torrance Marshall picked off a pass over the middle and returned it for the go-ahead touchdown and keep OU's national title hopes alive. Yeah, that one. Saturday's game will be televised regionally on ABC at 7 p.m. (CST).
Adrian Peterson will obviously never be forgotten, but junior Allen Patrick is certainly doing his best to fill his shoes. Patrick, who rushed for 157 against Missouri, has reached the century mark now in both of his starts.
As a starter, he is averaging 133.5 yards per game, which would rank him 7th nationally in rushing. Take Peterson, who currently ranks 3rd on the NCAAs rushing list, out of the equation and Patrick would rank 6th among active rushers. Peterson was averaging 151.83 yards per game before being sidelined.
Oklahoma climbed one spot from No. 19 to No. 18 in both the Associated Press
and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Polls. Texas A&M is ranked No. 21 in both polls. The Sooners and Aggies are also ranked 18th and 21st respectively in the BCS Poll.
OU-A&M Inside the Numbers
After last week's win over Missouri, Oklahoma fell from 11th to 18th in total defense (378.38) but rose to 20th in scoring defense (15.13 ppg). The Sooners now rank 30th against the run and 29th against the pass. Offensively, they are 20th in scoring offense (30.88) and 35th in total offense.
This week's opponent (A&M) ranks 13th nationally in total offense, 18th in scoring offense (33.0 ppg), 8th in rushing offense and 48th in passing offense. Defensively, the Aggies are 52nd in total defense, 42nd in scoring defense (18.89 ppg), 42nd in rush defense and 58th against the pass.
Strength of schedule wise, OU has played the 40th toughest schedule according to NCAASports.com. Texas A&M, who comes into Saturday's matchup 8-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play, has played the 76th toughest schedule.
With his first catch in Saturday's game against Missouri, sophomore Malcolm Kelly became the fastest Sooner to log 1,000 career receiving yards. Kelly, who accomplished the feat in just 19 games, broke the previous record of 21 set by Antwone Savage.
New Years in Big D?
Both CBSSportsline.com and CollegeFootballNews.com are projecting the Sooners to play Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1 in Dallas. What exactly does that mean? Well, the good news is that in that scenario the Sooners will have more than likely won out and finished 10-2. The bad news? The Cotton Bowl's 10:40 a.m. kick-off.
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