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OSU vs. Texas A&M Betting Line at -4.5

Written by:
Carrie Stroup
Published on:
Sep/23/2011
OSU vs. Texas A&M Betting Line

The OSU vs. Texas A&M betting line was coming in at Aggies -3 at Sportsbook.com.  The spread on this game opened at -3.  The total has also jumped from 67 to 69. 

Two of college football’s most powerful offenses go head-to-head Saturday night, as No. 7 Oklahoma State travels to College Station to battle No. 8 Texas A&M. This game marks the first time two Top-10 teams have squared off at Kyle Field since 1975.

OSU (52.3 PPG, 601 YPG) and A&M (41.5 PPG, 488 YPG) should put some points up. Last September, the Cowboys kicked a field goal as time expired to win 38-35, the second straight year both teams scored at least 30 against each other. The game shouldn’t have been close, as the Aggies outgained OSU 535-351, but had five turnovers. Although the Cowboys have averaged 43.3 PPG in their past three games (all wins) versus Texas A&M, the Aggies’ ninth-ranked scoring defense (10.5 PPG) should be able to contain OSU. Texas A&M limited the high-octane, run-and-shoot from SMU to 347 total yards. The Aggies are 10-1 SU at home since losing to the Cowboys, and are 13-5 ATS in the past 18 games at Kyle Field.

Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden is off to a big start again (385 passing YPG, 8 TD), but has also thrown six interceptions already. No. 1 receiver Justin Blackmon, who could be the nation’s best WR as well, has 27 catches for 329 yards and three touchdowns in three games this year. These performances were expected, but not many figured that sophomore Joseph Randle would be such an excellent replacement for the departed Kendall Hunter. Randle has rushed for 120+ yards in all three games, totaling 378 yards (6.1 YPC) and seven touchdowns. The numbers are more impressive when you consider that all of OSU’s opponents could be bowl-bound at the end of the year (Washington State, Troy and Tulsa). Defensively, the Cowboys still need plenty of work, as they rank 84th against the pass (242 YPG) and 82nd against the run (171 YPG).

The Aggies offense is usually led by the RB duo of Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael, who have combined to rush for 349 yards (5.1 YPC) and six touchdowns in two games. However, the passing attack has been even more potent (312 YPG, 18th in nation) with QB Ryan Tannehill completing 72.3% of his passes for 4 TD and only one pick. WRs Ryan Swope and Jeff Fuller have combined for 25 catches, 314 yards and two touchdowns. The most impressive aspect of the Aggies first two games has been their line play on both sides of the ball. The O-line has not allowed a sack and the defense leads the nation with 5.5 sacks per game.

-  Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com Senior Reporter

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