Location: College Station, Texas
Conference: Big 12
Last week: 27-20 win over Florida International on Sept. 18
Best player: Quarterback Jerrod Johnson. The Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Johnson is a run-pass threat who is tough to stop when he finds his groove. He has completed 64 of 109 passes for 865 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions this season.
Why they could win: The Aggies have an explosive offense led by Johnson and running back Christine Michael, who has emerged as a playmaker during his sophomore season with a per game average of 110.33 rushing yards on 19 carries. Texas A&M also features the most athletic defense the Pokes have faced thus far led by linebacker Von Miller.
Why they could lose: The Cowboys offense has been practically unstoppable thus far, averaging 57 points per game and ranking second nationally in passing offense (391 yards per game). The Aggie defense has been stout, allowing just 3.6 yards per play, but it hasn't seen anything near what the Pokes will bring to the table Thursday night.
Noteworthy: Receivers Jeff Fuller (18 catches for 280 yards) and Ryan Swope (21 catches for 202 yards) are the only Aggies with double-digit catches this season. ... The Aggies rank No. 4 nationally in rushing defense, No. 10 in total defense and No. 4 in tackles for loss. ... Texas A&M's wins came over Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech and Florida International. ... The Aggies have 23 kickoffs and zero touchbacks this season. ...The Aggies have a minus-2 turnover margin (7 turnovers gained, 9 turnovers lost).