Big D's Keys to Success - Oklahoma

The Aggies will have their hands full this weekend, but Aggie Websider has five keys to success that should give them a shot at coming back to Texas with a "W" and a shot at the Big 12 South title.

Series Record:
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 15-10, and holds a 7-4 advantage since the formation of the Big 12 Conference.
Series Notes:
• The last three games have been decided by a total of 14 points.
• It's been ten years since the Aggies beat Oklahoma in Norman, 51-7.
Dennis Franchione is 0-6 against OU in his career.
BigD03's pick:
Oklahoma (-21)- The Sooners had an off week to prepare for the Aggies' option attack and unless the Aggies come after Oklahoma through the air, it could get ugly.

Five Keys to Success
1. Throw the ball
Oklahoma boasts the No. 71 pass defense in the country. The Aggies have got to let McGee throw the ball, and this time, not wait until they're down. McGee showed last week in the fourth quarter against Kansas that he is capable of throwing the ball down field and this his receivers are at least better than average. This is the only way that A&M has a chance this weekend in Norman, where Stoops has lost just two games in nine years.

2. Don't give up the big play
Oklahoma has a lot of playmakers on offense, especially wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, who is averaging nearly 18 yards per reception and leads the team with eight receiving touchdowns. If OU begins to burn the Aggie secondary early and often, it will be tough for the Aggies to stay in the game offensively. They've got to keep it close and battle it out in a low scoring game.

3. Turnovers
I should just copy and paste this from the last three weeks, but I'm getting paid to write this, so I'll come up with something new. Bottom line, when the Aggies win the turnover margin, they win the game. When they don't, they lose the game. The good news for the Aggies is that Oklahoma has committed 27 turnovers so far this year, 14 interceptions and 13 fumbles lost. If they don't protect the ball, the Aggies will make them pay and could pull off the upset.

4. Aim for the under
Oklahoma has the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation, and the No. 11 scoring defense in the nation. They average more than 44 points per game and allow just 17 (Hence my 42-17 prediction). If the Aggies are to have any chance at all in this game, they've got to hold Oklahoma under 30 points.

5. Keep the Oklahoma receivers in check
The Aggies aren't known for their secondary, but they'll be called on this week to shut down the one-two punch of Juaquin Iglesias and Malcolm Kelly. The two combine to average 150 receiving yards per game and have combined for 14 touchdowns. If they have a big day at the expense of the Aggie secondary, it won't matter what the A&M offense is able to do.

Five Sooners to Watch
1. Allen Patrick, Running Back - Patrick is the leading rusher on the team this year, averaging 73.1 yards per game and 5.9 yards per carry.
2. Malcolm Kelly, Wide Receiver - six-foot-four receiver with the ability to make the big play.
3. Sam Bradford, Quarterback - He started the season looking like a Heisman candidate but he's shown that he has his vulnerabilities. The Aggies need to pressure the young quarterback and get him out of his comfort zone or he'll pick them apart.
4. Auston English, Defensive End - He's the guy to watch for on the OU defensive front. He's No. 5 in the nation in sacks and No. 15 in the nation in tackles for loss. The A&M offensive line needs to know where he is at all times.
5. Curtis Lofton, Linebacker - Lofton leads the team in tackles and is No., 7 in the nation, averaging 11.63 per game.

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