Big 12 South Challengers
The Texas A&M Aggies and Oklahoma State Cowboys could be the top challengers to perennial powers Oklahoma and Texas in the Big 12 South Division race. The winner of this game will likely crack the Associated Press Top 25 and be in line to challenge the winner of Saturday’s matchup between OU and UT for the top spot in the South.
A Surprise Start
Oklahoma State was not expected to be in the hunt this year as they were sold as being a rebuilding team with just 4 starters returning on each side of the line. But the Cowboys enter action for Thursday Night with a college football betting online record of 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread and with all 3 games going over the total. Okie State decimated Tulsa in their last game 65-28 as 7 point home favorites as junior quarterback Brandon Weeden passed for 409 yards and 6 touchdowns. Weeden replaced record setting QB Zac Robinson and has been lights out with a 73% completion rate, 975 yards, a 9.7 yards per attempt average, and an 11/2 touchdown to interception ratio. Weeden’s favorite target is sophomore Justin Blackmon, who has 24 catches good for 431 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Cowboys can also run at you as proven by senior running back Kendall Hunter, who already has 473 yards and 7.9 yards per carry average with 6 touchdowns. This matchup will be far and away the toughest yet for 6th year coach Mike Gundy’s team.
The Texas A&M Aggies were the top betting college football choice to upend Oklahoma and Texas this year. Their offense was already well respected before the year but the defense was a question mark. The Aggies have a college football betting online record of 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread and have gone over the total in 2 games. A&M ranks 12th in the nation for scoring and their improved defense ranks 10th in the country. If their defense can hold this could be a big year at College Station for 3rd year coach Mike Sherman!