Norman, OK--The history of the Oklahoma-Texas A&M "rivalry" is fairly short lived but in that short period, it's been a big factor in the outcome of Sooner seasons. Oklahoma leads the all-time series with A&M 17-10. Neither team actually considers the other an official rivalry but just ask the coaches and players and they'll tell you, this series is as aggressive and meaningful as just about any other real rivalry they have. Oklahoma has won six games in a row through the 2008 season and have only lost once to the Aggies since Bob Stoops took over the team prior to the 1999 season. Most would assume this is a lopsided match-up, even in years the Aggies had the talent and the coaching to get them to victories. To state it simply, those folks would be wrong.
Take the 2000 game. History tells us OU won the game 35-31. What it doesn't tell you is that if it were not for a Torrence Marshall interception late in the game that he took in for a touchdown, OU likely loses and never even plays for the national championship, much less win it.
What about 2002? The Aggies travel to Norman and upset the Sooners 30-26 to kill any chance Oklahoma had to win the national championship.
2004? Oklahoma scrapes out a 42-35 win at home while playing with Heisman winner Jason White at QB and future NFL stud Adrian Peterson at RB not to mention other studs all over the team. They barely had enough to get by A&M. 2005? OU wins, 36-30. 2006? Oklahoma barely wins, 17-16.
What does this tell you? It tells you that this game will be closer than expected and might even end up as an upset. The Sooners aren't taking this game lightly and you better believe the Sooner coaching staff can barely sleep thinking about all the things they'll have to do right in order to win this game.
Sooners are the Vegas favorite with a 10 point line.
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