This game will determine the 2nd best team in the Big XII. Oklahoma St. and Texas A&M are two high power offenses that love putting the ball in the air early and often. We should be in for a high scoring affair on Saturday.
This game features two of the best WR prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft in Justin Blackmon and Jeff Fuller. We will also see two of the most productive quarterbacks in the NCAA in Brandon Weeden and Ryan Tannehill. There is a lot to look forward to in this contest.
Guys to keep an eye on:
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St. #81 (Junior)
Justin Blackmon appears dead set on proving all his doubters wrong. Analysts picked Blackmon apart for his lack of route running skills, inconsistent hands, and the OSU system. He is proving them all wrong (including myself). He has greatly improved all the areas in question on his way to 27 catches, 329 yards, and 3 TD’s through 3 games.
Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma St. #10
Martin has glimpses of a first round prospect but doesn’t excel on a consistent level. Martin posted 55 tackles and 3 INT’s in 2010 after a solid 2009 season. He has a tendency to play at his best during the biggest games which is great but doesn’t bring the same intensity to games against lesser opponents. Martin is a fourth round prospect at this point but is certainly capable of making it into the second round with a solid 2011 season. He will be tested often in this contest as neither team is shy about throwing the ball all over the place.
Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma St. #3
If Brandon Weeden were 22 or 23 we would be talking about him as a top QB prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft. He has thrown for 1154 yards, 8 TD’s and at a 72.5% clip. His only downfall is his tendency to throw into too tight of spots as evidenced by his 6 INT’s in 3 games in 2011. Texas A&M will focus on shutting down (as much as possible) the OSU passing attack and making them run the ball. Weeden averages almost 44 pass attempts/game so look for OSU to put the ball in the air to set up the run.
Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M #8
Fuller has yet to replicate his production in past seasons thus far in 2011. OSU could offer the senior receiver an opportunity to put himself back on the 2012 NFL Draft map. Look for Ryan Tannehill to go to Fuller early and often in this contest. This game is sure to be a shoot out with two top QB’s slinging the ball all over the field.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M #17
Ryan Tannehill is moving up draft boards at a rapid pace. He has been near perfect in the first two contests with 583 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 INT, and a 72.3% completion percentage. Oklahoma St. should offer some resistance but look for Tannehill to put up big numbers in this one.
Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M #32
Gray is putting together a nice senior campaign with two 100 yard games and 4 TD’s in the first two contests of 2011. SMU and Idaho aren’t exactly powerhouses, so OSU will be his first real test of the season. OSU doesn’t boast a great defense and they can be run, so look for Gray to have a big, breakout game in this contest.
Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M #5
The former JUCO standout has made a name for himself in NFL Draft circles for his playmaking abilities. Judie is injury prone which will raise some concerns come next April but could be a solid 3rd round pick that could develop into a starting corner in the NFL. He will be lined up against one of the best in the country in this matchup which could make or break Judie’s draft status.