The Norman Transcript

December 18, 2012

Shinn at 3 p.m.: A&M's performance only validates Big 12


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Some Big 12 Conference schools were hurt when Texas A&M left for the SEC. OU coach Bob Stoops wasn't in that group. On Tuesday, he seemed like the Aggies had given the Big 12 some validation by going 10-2 in its first season in the league.

Stoops brought up that Texas A&M, using the uptempo, spread offense that is common in the Big 12, led the SEC in every offensive category this season.

"It’s interesting to me that all that debate and coffee talk about SEC defenses and Big 12 offenses, they seem to have done pretty well in that league offensively," Stoops said. "I think they lead that league in every single category and it hasn’t hurt their winning; they won a bunch of games, too. They’re doing pretty good against all those defenses."

The teams will meet in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game between the 10-2 teams will mark the 19th time in the last 20 seasons OU and Texas A&M have played. They both know a lot about each other. Defensive end David King and quarterback Landry Jones both said it's going to take a couple years before the Aggies stop feeling like a conference rival.

Stoops didn't want to go there.

"You can say how long does it take for them to be a SEC team and not a Big 12 team? I don’t get into those. It feels like we’re getting ready to play another excellent team," he said. "Whether they’re in the Big 12 … If they were in the Big 12, we would have already played. It didn’t work out that way."