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The Oklahoman's OSU-Texas A&M picks

From Staff and Wire Reports Published: September 23, 2011
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STEWART MANDEL, Sports Illustrated

* Texas A&M 40, Oklahoma State 34: In three games, Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden has thrown for 388, 397 and 369 yards. Running back Joseph Randle has gone for 129, 121 and 128. Oklahoma State's powerful offense is a machine at this point, but Cyrus Gray and the Aggies know how to move the ball, too. And A&M's 15th-ranked defense inspires more confidence than the Cowboys' 92nd-ranked unit.

MATT HAYES, Sporting News

* Texas A&M 37, Oklahoma State 24: Both of these teams started getting significantly better on defense midway through last season. But Oklahoma State has struggled early on this year, and given up more than 30 points twice to two non-BCS teams (Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulsa).