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OKLAHOMA (No. 6 in AP poll)
In the opener at UTEP, the Sooners led only 10--7 after three quarters. They pulled out a 24--7 win, but they need to improve their rush defense. The Miners gained 6.2 yards per carry, significantly better than the 4.6 FBS average; against Mississippi the next week, UTEP averaged only 2.6. That's a bad sign for a team with championship hopes.
SOUTH CAROLINA (No. 7)
The Gamecocks traveled to Vanderbilt on the season's opening night and held on for a 17--13 victory, helped by a blown pass interference call late in the game. The data indicate two evenly matched teams: Vandy gained 4.7 yards per play to 4.4 for Carolina. Unless the Commodores are a top 10 team too, the Gamecocks shouldn't be No. 7.
TEXAS (No. 12)
The Longhorns' average margin of victory is 33.3, but they haven't challenged themselves by playing Wyoming, New Mexico and Mississippi. Wyoming and Ole Miss were able to move the ball, though, racking up 6.0 and 6.2 yards per play, respectively, while the FBS average last year was 5.6. David Ash has thrown well, but he has yet to face a Big 12 defense.
OHIO STATE (No. 16)
Quarterback Braxton Miller has improved in the passing game, but the Buckeyes' D has suddenly gone soft. Central Florida gained 5.5 and Cal 6.5 yards per play, which made both games close. To squeak out a 35--28 win last Saturday, the Buckeyes needed a penalty that nullified a touchdown and three missed field goals by the Golden Bears.
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