Websider Fearless Predictions

How will the Aggies fare this weekend in Norman? Will Bob Stoops take out his frustrations surrounding Dennis Franchione's comments this summer? Will the Aggies pull off the upset on the road? The Aggie Websider staff takes its best shot at predicting this week's score.

Dallas Shipp (BigD03)
The last two trips to Norman have not been kind to the Aggies. Four years ago, the Aggies got destroyed 77-0. Two years ago, the Aggies were on their way to another route until Stephen McGee stepped in for the injured Reggie McNeal and mounted a heroic comeback attempt. This year, Stoops' Sooners had a bye week to prepare for the Aggies. When a team has extra time to prepare for the A&M option attack, it hasn't been good for the Aggies. This week will be no different unless the Aggies come out with a new wrinkle of their own. Oklahoma has the No. 71 pass defense in the nation, which begs the question, will Franchione use McGee's arm before the Aggies fall behind? If so, the Aggies may have a shot, but the option will not win the game this week.
Oklahoma 42 - Texas A&M 17

David Sandhop (Hop)
Two years ago, Stephen McGee made his big game debut relieving an injured Reggie McNeal and leading a furious comeback that just fell short in Norman against the Sooners. In fact, the A&M rushing game has gouged the OU defense to the tune of almost 500 yards the past two contests in this series. However, factors are working against the Aggies in this one. First, Stoops had a bye week and has two weeks to figure out how to defend the zone read option. Second, the OU staff has a blueprint for success against the A&M rushing attack with game tapes of the Miami and Kansas games. Third, OU is motivated to play this game with national championship aspirations and the game being on ABC prime time and a chance to impress the voters. Fourth, Stoops has only lost twice in his nine seasons at OU. There's just too any factors working against the Aggies to pull off the road upset. However, it won't be the massacre some pundits are predicting.
Oklahoma 31 - Texas A&M 13

Chip Winfrey (AgE2theBONE)
The only thing more difficult than correctly guessing how many touchdowns the Sooners will score against the Aggies is trying to figure out why in the world ABC pegged this game for its nationally televised prime-time slot. Given that this game will likely be out of hand by halftime, why on Earth would they expect this contest to hold viewers for very long? Maybe they know something we don't, we'll see. But after watching this team repeatedly fall to opponents they should have beaten, I can hardly believe they'll rise up and beat a team that by all accounts they should lose to. And after Stoops' obvious annoyance over some preseason comments directed at his team by an Aggie coach, don't expect to be shown the least bit of mercy. After all, they beat us by 77 in 2003, and they weren't even mad at us.
Oklahoma: 55 - Texas A&M: 10




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