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October 14, 2013

Stanford tumbles while SEC sets record

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NORMAN —

The ACC has two top-five teams and three top-10 teams — Miami is No. 10 — for the first time since Oct. 30, 2005. And soon-to-be ACC team Louisville, checks in at No. 8.

Moving up: Talk about putting a damper on an otherwise awesome day. Missouri (6-0) stayed undefeated with its first statement victory since joining the SEC, a 41-26 win against banged-up and defense-deficient Georgia.

But the Tigers lost quarterback James Franklin to a separated throwing shoulder. The senior will miss at least a week, although CBS.com reported it will be much longer. It’s too bad for the Tigers because the road to the SEC East now goes throw Columbia, Mo. No. 22 Florida and No. 11 South Carolina play at Missouri the next two weeks.

Franklin’s replacement is Maty Mauk, a redshirt freshman and big-time recruit. The Tigers have plenty of weapons to help bring him along, but no time for growing pains.

Moving in: Auburn moved into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 24, giving SEC fans yet another thing to boast about.

The SEC is the first conference to have eight ranked teams during the regular season. The SEC held the record, along with the ACC and Big Ten, of seven ranked teams — though the SEC had done it more than any other league. The SEC also had eight in the 2011 preseason poll.

The Tigers’ rise was not well received among the many fans who have had it up to here with the SEC, winner of the last seven BCS championships. Auburn’s 5-1 record, best win at home against Mississippi, doesn’t look all that much better than Nebraska’s, Michigan State’s or Oregon State’s, just to name a few.

But the SEC has earned the benefit of the doubt and Gus Malzahn’s rebuilding Tigers were the beneficiary this week. They go to No. 7 Texas A&M next week, so it could be a short stay.

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