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Sooner coach, Bob Stoops, expressed frustration after a close contest against lowly Utah State.
Preseason Ranking: 7
Utah State makes its living renting out its football team as a punching bag to highly-ranked teams from power conferences. In 2007, the Aggies visited Norman, and took the paycheck, along with a shellacking, losing 54-3.
With Oklahoma ranked No. 7 in the country, perhaps you expected a similar result this past Saturday, as Utah State once again trekked to Norman. But this time, Oklahoma seemed incapable of consistent play on either side of the ball.
On defense, the Sooners gave up 341 yards in the air to a team that finished 4-8 last year. Yes, Oklahoma collected three interceptions, but the lowly Aggies moved the ball way too easily against the Sooner defense.
On offense, QB Landry Jones will make no one forget about recently departed Sam Bradford. His throws more often found the empty turf than open receivers, completing less than 50 percent of his passes.
Only RB DeMarco Murray proved a bright spot for Oklahoma, carrying the ball a workmanlike 35 times for 207 yards. If Jones continues to struggle, expect the Sooners to rely on a heavy dose of Murray to move the chains and eat up the clock.
In the end, Oklahoma pulled out a close victory. However, despite its lofty ranking, Oklahoma did not display either a top 10 defense or a top 10 offense, and this against one of the meeker teams in the country. How will they fare next week against a good Florida State?
More Accurate Ranking: 17
Over-ranked by: 10