Eric Gay, Associated Press
In this Nov. 5, 2011 photo, Texas Tech's Adam James is seen on the sidelines during the third fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas, in Austin, Texas. The player whose concussion sent ripples across the Texas Tech football program and its fan speaks for the first time since the firing of Mike Leach nearly two years ago.

LUBBOCK, Texas — 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.