Brandon Drumm, 29, an Air Force senior airman and Piedmont native, and his family are longtime OU season-ticket holders. He'll make the Cotton Bowl trip with his wife, his brother and his brother's girlfriend.
“I think everybody was pretty disappointed,” Drumm said of the initial announcement. “But the subplots of this game are awesome.
“Playing against the probable Heisman Trophy winner and Kevin Sumlin. They just left the Big 12.”
Some Sooner fans — even ones making the trip — aren't as fired up to face Johnny Manziel and Sumlin, the Aggies' head coach and a former OU assistant.
Zachary Friesenhahn, 20, an OU student from Dallas, is one of them.
“I'm not nearly as excited for the Cotton Bowl as I would have been for the Sugar,” said Friesenhahn, who still bought Cotton Bowl tickets with his family.
“I've seen OU play A&M so many times, I care more about the outcome than about watching this game.”
Texas A&M was in the Big 12 Conference from its inception in 1996 through last year.
The Aggies posted an impressive 10-2 record in their inaugural SEC season, which included an upset win at then-No. 1 Alabama.
Manziel is a Heisman Trophy finalist, and the odds-on favorite to win the prestigious award Saturday; he passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,181 yards and 19 scores this season.
“I think if you like scoring, this is your game,” said Drumm, who is stationed in Dover, Del.
“I think it's gonna be a nail biter.”