Pokes Look To Raise The Ante

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STILLWATER, OK -- Oklahoma State continues what it hopes to be a climb up the Big 12 Conference pecking order. But to continue that climb, the 4-0 Cowboys will have to leapfrog 2-2 Texas A&M.

The Aggies have beaten Oklahoma State each of the last four
years, winning the last two by a single point. But A&M will face a
confident Oklahoma State team tomorrow that sports a No. 21 ranking
and one of the nation's top offenses. This is the first time since
November 2004 that the Cowboys have found themselves ranked

Conversely, the Aggies appear to be a program on the fall under
first-year coach Mike Sherman, having lost to Arkansas State and
struggled to beat Army in nonconference play. A&M is last in the
Big 12 in scoring, rushing, passing and total offensive yards and
in both scoring defense and rushing defense.

Considering the numbers, it's not surprising the Cowboys were a
25-point favorite over A&M as of last night. Oklahoma State is
seeking what would be the eighth 5-0 start in school history and
the first since 2004.

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