Texas Tech Red Raiders, Florida Gators on BCS Collision Course

Mike HempelCorrespondent INovember 8, 2008

Through 11 weeks of college football, one thing became overwhelmingly clear today. 

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are the real deal. 

So too, are the Florida Gators.

The Red Raiders, led by Heisman candidates Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree, are averaging just over 47 points per game, on their way to posting a 9-0 record and a No. 2 ranking in the latest BCS polls. 

This year's Texas Tech team has the defense that has been void in the past, giving up only 22.4 PPG in a Big 12 conference loaded with offensive firepower. 

The Red Raiders vaulted in the BCS poll by beating then-No. 1 Texas Longhorns in a primetime bout last Saturday evening. 

They followed that victory by beating No. 9 Oklahoma State tonight, 56-20.

The offense dominated an overmatched Oklahoma State defense, with Harrell throwing for over 450 yards, six TDs and zero interceptions.

Michael Crabtree's talents were on display once again, catching three touchdown passes, raising his season total to 15. 

And while the offense will get the headlines in the papers and in the media, it was Tech's defense that played like it's worthy of a No. 1 ranking and a spot in the BCS National Championship game.

The Red Raiders defense gave up several big plays but kept OSU's offense from getting into any kind of rhythm, and held them to only 20 points on 368 total yards of offense. 

Texas Tech, however, has yet to see an offense that poses such a serious threat with speed and athleticism that Florida boasts.

Urban Meyer has his team thinking about its second National Championship appearance in just three years. 

The Florida Gators are currently ranked fifth in the BCS poll, but a looming SEC Championship game against No. 1 Alabama could hoist them into position to take on Texas Tech.

The Gators running game, lead by Jeffery Demps and Chris Rainey, has taken much of the pressure off of Tim Tebow, and consequently kept him standing upright far more often. 

The much improved play from the running backs has allowed Tebow to focus more on the passing game, getting the ball to wide receivers Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy, who have combined for 10 touchdowns. 

After their 42-14 victory over Vanderbilt, Florida will take its conference-best offense, which has averaged 42.9 PPG game, against an Alabama team who will be in the SEC Championship game for the first time since 1999, a game that very well may decide who takes a seat at the BCS Title game table.

In the wake of No. 3 Penn State's loss today at Iowa, it seems as if the BCS Title game will most likely be a match-up against the Big 12 and SEC Champions. 

And judging by their performances today and all year, Texas Tech and Florida would provide all the necessary fireworks in a BCS Championship game.