Oklahoma State 66, Texas Tech 6.
The longer this season goes, the more inexplicable Texas Tech's season-altering, potentially championship-deciding upset at Oklahoma appears. The same Red Raiders that knocked the Sooners from No. 1 on Oct. 22 — in Norman, no less, site of 38 consecutive Oklahoma victories — have dropped three straight in the meantime by at least 32 points apiece. Since racing out to a 31-7 lead at OU, they've been outscored 190 to 43. Their second-best win is a one-point decision over Nevada. At this rate, after a 4-0 September, they're not even going to make a bowl game.
But it's also becoming more obvious by the week that Oklahoma State, now just one win from matching last year's school record and two from punching its ticket to the BCS title game, isn't going anywhere.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden still hasn't found a secondary he can't reduce to a pile of ashes: The face-melting offense was well over 500 yards and 40 points today for the eighth time in ten games, and led by at least three touchdowns at the half for the sixth time. A week after being gashed for 45 points by Kansas State, the nation's 110th-ranked total defense pitched a shutout — Texas Tech's only points came courtesy of its defense, on a fumble return with the score well out reach in the third quarter — against a nearly identical spread attack that came in averaging 37 points per game. The same defense forced multiple turnovers for the eighth consecutive game. And unlike the Cowboys' earlier incinerations of Tulsa, Kansas and Baylor, there were no meaningless, cosmetic blemishes on the final score: This was every inch a 60-point blowout on the road, and could have been much worse.
Which puts OSU on the brink of perfection, and all the spoils that come with it. After dispatching Iowa State next Saturday (and it you can't take beating the Cyclones for granted, the entire conversation is moot, anyway), there's only one more hurdle to New Orleans: Against Oklahoma on Dec. 3, in Stillwater, easily the biggest date in Oklahoma State history. With a little help, that game could still serve as a de facto semifinal for the BCS title game. For their part, though, the Cowboys don't need any help: If they get by the Sooners to finish 12-0, regardless of the score in that game or any other, their reservations for the French Quarter are booked. And they've still only barely broken a sweat.