NORMAN — Texas A&M makes its last visit to Owen Field on Saturday. Unless the teams schedule a non-conference series in the future, the rivalry that began with the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996 is over.
The Aggies didn’t cite never having to come to Norman again as a reason for wanting to join the SEC. However, it would be understandable if they had. The Aggies went 1-6 at Owen Field as a conference foe. No great shame in that. No Big 12 opponent other than Oklahoma State (1997 and 2001) has been able to get two wins at Owen Field from 1996 to the present.
But OU’s dominance against Texas A&M at Owen Field has been scary. Over the last six meetings at Owen Field, the Sooners have outscored the Aggies 302-70. There’s been one close game — OU’s 36-30 victory in 2005 — during that span. The rest were routs, including the infamous 77-0 romp in 2003 and the 65-10 destruction in 2009.
There’s no guarantee the Sooners and Aggies will part ways on similar terms. But if some critical things happen, it could head in that direction. Here’s five reasons OU dominated the Aggies at Owen Field over the last dozen years.
1. The Sooners score early touchdowns. The Sooners have done this in their last four home meetings with Texas A&M. Even in 2005, OU took sizable leads in the first half. Doesn’t always mean an early lead will begin an even bigger one. But if OU gets up by double digits early, history says things are only going to get worse for Texas A&M.
2. Texas A&M struggles moving the ball early. It has at Owen Field, but slow starts haven’t been a problem for Texas A&M this season. It held a double-digit halftime lead in the three games it’s lost this season. Starting hasn’t been the Aggies’ problem. If they struggle Saturday, it’s a sign things are really out of whack.