Players to watch•Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell: Red Raider quarterbacks always compile gaudy stats but Harrell's fast start (1,317 passing yards, 14 touchdowns) has been very impressive. The junior from Ennis, Texas, already has thrown for 6,654 yards and 55 TDs in 21 career games. •OSU receiver Adarius Bowman: OSU's senior all-America candidate has compiled solid stats (17 catches, 257 yards, 3 touchdowns) but could really have a big day against a Red Raider defense that is surrendering nearly 200 passing yards a game.
Key MatchupOSU defense versus Tech receivers Freshman wide receiver Michael Crabtree and senior Danny Amendola have combined for 64 catches, 827 yards and 10 touchdown catches... in three games. Those stats are mind boggling. Because of a short three-step drop, QB Graham Harrell rarely gets sacked. OSU's cornerbacks, linebackers and safeties must know where No. 5 (Crabtree) and No. 20 (Amendola) are at all times. Troy had success with seam routes. A repeat performance against Texas Tech could signal another long day for the defense. By Mike Baldwin