COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Ticker) -- If Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wants to guard against overconfidence, he need only remind his team about its last visit to College Station.
The Sooners won their first national championship in 15 years in 2000, and the stiffest test came in a 35-31 win over the Aggies. Oklahoma had two defensive stands in the final minutes and overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit. Linebacker Torrance Marshall returned an interception 41 yards for a score to seal the win.
"We have a great respect for their program from top to bottom," Stoops said.
The second-ranked Sooners still have every right to be a confident bunch on Saturday when they visit the struggling Aggies in a Big 12 Conference game.
Last week, when four unbeaten teams fell, Oklahoma (8-0, 4-0) Big 12 South) rolled to a 27-11 win over Colorado behind three touchdown passes by Nate Hybl.
Quentin Griffin carried 21 times for 128 yards and could find himself in the Heisman Trophy race with another big game. Griffin has rushed for 950 yards on 141 attempts.
Colorado's Chris Brown last week became the first back to rush for 100 yards against the Sooners since Deuce McAllister of Mississippi in the 1999 Independence Bowl.
While the BCS race remains a mess, Oklahoma appears to be in control of its own destiny. The Sooners are on top of the poll for a third straight week.
Texas A&M (5-4, 2-3) is trying to avoid a three-game losing streak after losses to Nebraska and Oklahoma State. The famed "Wrecking Crew" defense has surrendered 66 points in the two defeats and allowed three scoring drives of 58 yards or more last week.
One of the bright spots has been the development of sophomore quarterback Dustin Long, who has started seven games and has three 300-yard passing games to his credit.
Oklahoma leads the series, 11-9, and has won the last three meetings. The Sooners rallied from an early 10-point deficit in last year's 31-10 win in Norman, taking the leading on a touchdown off a faked field goal.