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Many Sooners fans are restless. The critics say Stoops, now in his 14th season in Norman, has become complacent. The record suggests otherwise. But the Sooners haven’t won a national title since 2000, and don’t stand above most of the Big 12 the way they used to.



No. 18 Oregon State, Rutgers and Baylor made their first appearances of the season in the Top 25 after winning on the road Saturday.

Oregon State went into UCLA and knocked off the Bruins 27-20 behind Sean Mannion’s career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns. The loss dropped UCLA out of the rankings, somewhat surprisingly. The Bruins offense is in good hands with redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley. Their defense needs work.

It’s been a terrific and odd start to the season for the Beavers. Their first game with Nicholls State was postponed. They beat Wisconsin the next week in Corvallis, Ore., then had another week off. But the 2-0 start is huge for longtime coach Mike Riley, who is coming off consecutive losing seasons.

Along with UCLA, Michigan and Arizona exited the poll.



Another first for the SEC. The best football conference in the country became the first to have four of the top six teams in the AP rankings with No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 LSU, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 South Carolina.

Six times previously one conference has had four of the top seven teams in the AP poll. The last time was 2009 when the SEC did it. In 2008, the Big 12 did it twice. Before that the Big Ten did it for a week in 1960 and twice in 1942.



No. 10 Notre Dame is in the top 10 for the first time since 2006. Florida State has its best ranking since October 2005 and South Carolina checks in with its best ranking since 2006. … A big game in the Big Ten seems like an oxymoron considering the uninspiring way the season has started for its teams. Conference play starts next week and No. 14 Ohio State hosts No. 20 Michigan State, with both teams coming off victories that had their coaches griping more than celebrating. … The other game matching ranked teams next week is in Morgantown, W.Va., where No. 9 West Virginia plays Baylor in game could test the scoreboard keeper at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Bears are averaging 51 points, the Mountaineers 47.


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