Tomorrow the 25th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-4) take on the unranked Texas A&M Aggies (7-5) in the Texas Bowl in Houston, Texas. The Aggies are nearly a touchdown favorite at this point, but with recent news that Cowboy quarterback Spencer Sanders and All-American running back Chubbard will both play in the bowl game, Oklahoma State should be considered an underdog capable of winning.
Although the Aggies’ record is not that impressive, it is important to remember that they play in the SEC, and they have played at least a few tough teams. All 5 of their losses have come at the hands of ranked teams (Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, and LSU), but their most impressive win was probably a 31-27 victory over Arkansas (6-6).
Still, Texas A&M has a few playmakers that could turn the tide in a game like this. Oklahoma State’s defense was solid (for the most part) the second half of the season, but that doesn’t guarantee anything, so let’s take a look at a few Aggies that you should know prior to kickoff.
Kellen Mond (QB)
Junior quarterback Kellen Mond is probably the best offensive player for the Aggies. His passing stats aren’t exactly impressive (61.3% complete ration with 2,802 yards for 19 touchdowns and 9 interceptions), but he can be a threat on the ground.
So far this season, Mond has rushed for 383 yards and 7 touchdowns on 114 attempts. He’s not going to run wild for a hundred yards or anything like that, but he does have big play capability, so the Cowboy defense needs to keep an eye on him.
Isaiah Spiller (RB)
The Aggies have seen a lot of different ball carriers so far this season, but freshman running back Isaiah Spiller has been the primary rusher, and in the Texas Bowl, he’ll be the only running back on scholarship playing in the game after a number of different backs are either transferring or sitting out of the game.
Spiller rushed the ball 155 times this season 869 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes for 207 yards. Spiller will likely be a workhorse for A&M, perhaps both on the ground and through the air, so he cannot be forgotten.
Jhamon Ausbon (WR)
Seven different players caught at least 10 passes from Kellen Mond this season, but none caught as many as junior wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon. Ausbon finished the season with 65 receptions for 862 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Ausbon’s numbers aren’t anything to gawk at, but he’s another guy who is capable of having a big game at any time. 4 times this season he recorded at least 90 receiving yards, and he hauled in at least 5 catches in 8 games.
Ausbon is coming off a rough game against LSU where he only hauled in 2 catches for 22 yards, so expect him to be a lot more involved in the offense and hungry to put up some stats.