LUBBOCK, Texas — No. 7 Texas Tech goes into its game Saturday against Baylor caring about more than just beating the Bears. In addition to needing a win to remain in the hunt for their first Big 12 South title, the Red Raiders also need help from 11th-ranked Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys need to topple No. 3 Oklahoma for Texas Tech to play for the Big 12 title against 12th-ranked Missouri on Dec. 6. OU, Texas and the Red Raiders are currently tied for first in the South with one loss each. A Sooner win in Stillwater todaynight would send either OU or Texas to the Big 12 title game. The Red Raiders (10-1, 6-1) are seventh in the BCS, behind both the Sooners and Longhorns, leaving them no shot to win the three-way tiebreaker for the division crown. "We’re obviously rooting for Oklahoma State,” Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said. The Red Raiders had their perfect season ended emphatically in last week’s 65-21 rout by the Sooners. "We have been through some tough times before with this team, and this is just another one,” Tech defensive lineman Jake Ratliff said. "We’ve got to rely on everybody on the team…just stick together.” Graham Harrell and Texas Tech, for the first time this season, struggled to move the ball against OU.