It’s here, the final Sooner football game of the season. It feels like it went by way too fast, by none-the-less, here it is. The AT&T Cotton Bowl against former conference foe, Texas A&M and current Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.
The Sooners are chasing after their 10th 11-win season under head coach Bob Stoops, while the Aggies are looking for their first 11-win season since 1998. Stoops is also chasing after his 150th win since taking over the program.
For those of you having to watch the game from home, you can no doubt count on hearing the name Johnny Football and Heisman all night long. The commercials for the game have showed nothing but him and actually looking at the Ags offensive stats, Manziel is more than half of their total offense with 4600-yards and 43 touchdowns.
This is Sooners quarterback Landry Jones last chance to win a game in a Sooner uniform. He is ending his career in the same stadium he began it in, Cowboys Stadium. That was back in 2009 when he had to come in to replace an injured Sam Bradford.
The Sooners have faced several dual-threat quarterbacks this season, but Manziel, by far, is probably one of the best they will see. The Sooner defense will need to shut down at least one of his most potent attacks, the run game, in order for them to stay in it. The Aggies defense, which has always been stout, seems to have become stouter since joining the SEC. They went 10-2, which almost no one in America was giving them a fighting chance to win even six.
The Aggies offensive game plan is relatively the same from their year removed from the Big 12, with Manziel being the only different factor. Wide receiver Ryan Swope is about to break the Aggies receiving record, who Sooners fans are all too familiar with.
The Oklahoma offensive line needs to be able to give Jones enough time to get the ball out, but with the speed of the Aggie d-line, this is going to be a task. Keeping Jones’ head in the game and the turnover margin down, will be the game winning factor.
I hate picking a score, considering all the other big games I’ve picked this season were way off. Vegas has the Aggies by three, but I will go out on a limb and pick the Sooners by a touchdown.
Regardless, this is the last game for several players who have been key on this team. Let’s send them out the right way with all the support we can give. Boomer Sooner.