The Cowboys are bracing for defensive pressure unlike any they've seen this season in their preparations for Texas A&M.
"They blitz a lot," said OSU coach Mike Gundy. "They'll dial up the blitz and bring different pressures. They still have No. 40 (Von Miller) who's a good pass rusher.
"It'll be a little different for our group. We haven't seen lots of blitzes to this point. We'll see a considerable number more in this game."
Miller, a senior, is tied for eighth on the Big 12 career sacks list with 22 1/2. A first-team All-American a year ago, he led the nation with 17 sacks.
Miller's backup, freshman Damontre Moore, actually leads A&M this season with three sacks to go along with three forced fumbles.
The Aggies rank No. 10 nationally in total defense, allowing 255.7 yards per game.
OSU's defense will get a boost from the return of tackle Shane Jarka, who hasn't played since suffering a knee injury in the opener against Washington State.
Jarka has been practicing and likely could have played against Tulsa, if needed.
Gundy said Jarka should be back near 100 percent for A&M.
"That's helps out a lot," said Chris Donaldson, the other starting tackle. "His presence makes me feel more comfortable. He has been playing with me since I got here. It is always me and him out there on the field, so we have a pretty good bond."
Several Cowboys will travel to Tulsa's St. Francis Hospital today for a visit to the pediatric cancer unit.
It's a return trip in some regards, as OSU players also visited the hospital during the summer.
The Cowboys conducted their A&M news conference Thursday, four days early, due to their weeknight game with the Aggies scheduled for next Thursday.
Afterward, they practiced, before breaking for the weekend. Players were given the freedom to go home, while the coaches were taking advantage of the off week to hit the road recruiting.
Everyone is due back Sunday night for the first practice in preparation for A&M.
"Hopefully, it gives the players a chance to relax, concentrate on their books and catch up a little bit," Gundy said. "It's the same thing with the coaches."
The catching up part, that is.
Gundy plans to hit seven schools in Texas, either checking in with current commitments or working on securing new ones for this class or 2012.
Through three games, OSU's offense has piled up impressive numbers.
The Cowboys rank first in passing offense (391.7 yards per game), second in total offense (596), scoring offense (57 points per game) and passing efficiency (187.1 rating).
None of it, however, impresses offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen.
"We don't care about stats," Holgorsen said. "We try to worry about things that matter like third-down conversions and turnovers, red zones and stuff like that. That's what we work on and talk about in practice.
"Being 3-0, that's what matters."