LUBBOCK (AP)  Second-ranked Oklahoma State can move a step closer to playing for the national championship with a win Saturday over Texas Tech.

The Cowboys (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) have never been ranked this high and never won their first 10 games. They last time Oklahoma State went 9-0 was in 1945.

The Red Raiders (5-4, 2-4) would become bowl eligible with a win. Texas Tech has lost two straight after surprising Oklahoma at home.

The Cowboys boast the nation’s second best passing offense (387.5 yards a game) behind quarterback Brandon Weeden, while the Red Raiders passing attack is averaging 362 yards and is No. 6 nationally.

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