Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel runs the up-tempo spread offense that dominates the Big 12. Stylistically, they’ve been an oddity in what’s become the strongest conference in college football.
The last time the 12th-ranked Sooners faced an SEC team — Florida in at the 2008 national championship game — the offense it defended had its roots in the Wing-T.
“At the end of the day, it’s a bowl game and you have to win it to get the momentum going into the off-season,” King said. “Like I said, it’ll be a huge test for us with their quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner, playmakers and offensive line. I’m sure they’re going to present challenges on the defensive side of the ball.
“We just have to go out there and play our best game of the year and come out of there with a win.”
With the exception of the Heisman Trophy winner, OU would’ve been saying the same things about the Aggies prior to any of those meetings during their 16 seasons as conference rivals.
The logo on Texas A&M’s jersey might be different, but only so much can change in one year.
“You can say how long does it take for them to be an SEC team and not a Big 12 team? I don’t get into those,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “It feels like we’re getting ready to play another excellent team … If they were in the Big 12, we would have already played. It didn’t work out that way.”
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