Before the season, I posted a series of articles giving the best and worst case scenario for each Oklahoma game. I was off on a few things, like my prediction for the Notre Dame game. However, I was on the money with my bowl prediction.
OU did in fact drop a few unforeseen tough games that are hard to detect before the season, and those turned out to be against the top-ranked Fighting Irish and fourth-ranked Kansas State Wildcats. Regardless, I didn’t get too lofty with my expectations and had them going to the Fiesta Bowl, but instead, they will be playing in Arlington Friday night.
So without any further delay, here is my best and worst case scenarios for Oklahoma’s trip to the 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Best Case: Oklahoma wins by one or two scores. Even on a good day, I would not expect an Oklahoma blowout victory. Texas A&M is a great team, and winning comfortably will be take a lot from this Sooner team. The Aggies will need to commit a few mistakes, and the offensive line play for the Sooners will have to be stellar. If a few things go the Aggies way, this Aggie team possibly is in the National Championship. As strange as that is to think about, Texas A&M is notorious for having bad games against Oklahoma, so maybe that history carries in to this game. Although, I think it will take a career day from Landry Jones and a new look defense for the Sooners to handle the Aggies with any ease.
Worst Case: On the flip side, I can’t see the Aggies ripping apart the Sooners. Worst case, I see the Aggies and Sooners playing a close game, but with the Aggies pulling away late and making the score look worse than it actually is. Jones could very well be driving late to get a lead, the Aggies make a key defensive play and score quickly with not much time to pad their stats. Hopefully, it does not come down to a situation where Johnny Manziel has the ball last and the Sooners have their lead slip away in the last minute of the game. Ultimately, though, I think if the Aggies win, it will be close.
Score Prediction: Oklahoma 49, Texas A&M 45