NO. 7 OKLA. STATE AT N0. 8 TEXAS A&M

 
Oklahoma State Cowboys No. 7 Oklahoma State (3-0) at No. 8 Texas A&M (2-0)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
Line: Texas A&M -4
Texas A&M Aggies

Over the last five years this has been one of the Big 12's most entertaining rivalries, and it's one of the league's best kept secrets. It might be better right now than Oklahoma vs. Texas. Oklahoma State has won the last three years, and while it blew away Texas A&M, 56-28, in 2008, it came up with wins over the last two years by a total of eight points, while the Aggies won the 2006 and 2007 matchups by one point each. This year's game should be just as close and entertaining as four of the last five, and now, it should have a say in the Big 12 title chase, a spot for a BCS game, and possibly, a lot more. By far, this is the best Texas A&M team in years. The Aggies are loaded at the skill spots, the defensive front is a terror, and there's speed and athleticism across the board to be able to not just come up with a win over an Oklahoma State, an Oklahoma, or a Texas, but beat all three of the big boys. This is a different team than the one that lost in Stillwater last year 38-35, going on a run of nine wins in its last ten games while playing with a different swagger and attitude than in the past. This is the test the program has to pass – after years of disappointing failures in the big moments – but it doesn't stop here. Next week is a fun date against Arkansas, and then the rest of the Big 12 season kicks in. There might be games on the road against Texas Tech and Oklahoma ahead, but it all has to start with a win over the Cowboys.

Prediction:

  Oklahoma State 38, Texas A&M 36
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NO. 14 ARKANSAS VS. NO. 3 ALABAMA

 
Arkansas Razorbacks No. 14 Arkansas (3-0) at Alabama (3-0)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
Line: Alabama -11.5
Alabama Crimson Tide

The Hogs have been close, but they haven't been quite able to get over the hump against the Tide losing five of the last six in the series. This year, they have to show that the production can keep on rolling, and it's time to show that they have the staying power to be every bit the SEC West player that LSU, Bama, and Auburn are. Of course, Arkansas proved last year that it has the talent and ability to become a powerhouse, going to the Sugar Bowl while Alabama ended up in the Capital One, but a win over a top three team on the road would turn a corner for Bobby Petrino's program. Beating LSU last year was big, but the losses to Alabama and Auburn in the first half of the season took the national title dream out of the equation. Beating the Tide this year will kick-start the season into something special while proving the Hogs have reloading power. Alabama is also trying to retool and reload, and while the defense is already there, not having Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Greg McElroy, and James Carpenter has been a problem for an offense that's been fine, but nothing special. The Tide might be 21st in the nation in total yards and 24th in scoring, but playing Kent State and North Texas has had a lot to do with that and the production has been inconsistent. Beating Penn State on the road was nice, but it wasn't exactly an awe-inspiring performance.

Prediction:

  Alabama 27, Arkansas 17
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