College football picks: WU, Texas A&M, Texas open up big-time SEC slate

Texas A & M has a chance to open the 2017 SEC season with a big game in Texas, and it’s one they’ve had in the past.

But it’s an even bigger chance for Texas A Tech.

The Sooners and Longhorns meet on Sept. 7 in Austin for the first time since the 2017 opener, and the game will mark the first meeting between the schools since 2016, when the two schools played a blowout.

The Longhorns won 45-35.

On Sept. 14, the Texas Aggies visit Oklahoma State for a showdown that is the only SEC game between the two teams.

Oklahoma State has lost all four of its meetings with Texas A+M in the last five seasons.

Texas A&m is ranked No. 2 nationally in total offense (4,988 yards) and total defense (6,858 yards), while the Sooners are No. 3 in both categories.

Both teams have had success against the Aggies, averaging nearly 50 points per game on the season, and have played in a pair of close SEC road games this season, including a 34-31 victory in Norman in Week 7.

Texas Tech has won five straight in the series and has won at least one game in six of the last seven meetings.

The last time the teams met in Austin was in 2015.

In the Big 12, Oklahoma State and Texas A-State meet on Oct. 2 in Tulsa.

The Longhorns will have the chance to go undefeated this season with their season-opening victory over Iowa State.

The Badgers lost to the Soonos in a 38-13 decision last year.

Oklahoma is No. 1 in the AP poll heading into the season.

Texas A and A& M are tied for second in the league with seven wins.