The seventh-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys travel to College Station, Texas, to face the eight-ranked Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday in among the most anticipated games of the season.
Both teams have played rather weak competition aside from Oklahoma State's game against the Arizona Wildcats, so this should be the first real test for either team.
The Aggies' defense will be facing one of the best offenses in the nation, as Oklahoma State's offense is among the best in the nation with 52.3 points, 601.0 yards and 408.0 passing yards per game. Texas A&M has only given up three touchdowns in two games, so this will game will be the best gauge of how strong this group is.
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon make up one of the best passing tandem's in college football, and Blackmon is a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
The Cowboys are also led by running back Joseph Randle who has already rushed for 371 yards, and has seven touchdowns. The sophomore averages 6.1 yards per carry.
The Aggies have a strong offense of their own. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Cyrus Gray are undoubtedly the two best offensive weapons for Texas A&M.
Tannehill, a senior, has a year of experience under his belt, and has already thrown for 583 yards in two games. Gray, also a senior, has been making an impact for the Aggies since his freshman year, and has rushed for 233 total yards this season.
Oklahoma State will have to contain both players, and will need to keep an eye out for two of Tannehill's targets: junior Ryan Swope and senior Jeff Fuller.
THE LINE: Oklahoma State by 4.5 points.
PREDICTION: This is the shootout that everyone is predicting, but turnovers will play a major role in the game. Weeden already has six interceptions on the season, and the Texas A&M defense has the athleticism to force him into some bad passes. However, Oklahoma State will be there to pressure Tannehill, and can contain Gray. Home field advantage will be the difference in this one, as the Cowboys will make mental errors on Saturday that they wouldn't normally make, in this close game.
SCORE PREDICTION: Texas A&M 43, OSU 42.