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Updated: November 7, 2013 6:56AM


• A week after No. 11 Oklahoma ran roughshod over Notre Dame in South Bend, the Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) barely edged TCU 20-17 in Norman. The game was a defensive showdown, and it showed that the Sooners aren’t nearly where they need to be on offense. They’re terrific defensively, but are they a legitimate force in the national title race? Not really.

• Gotta like Mark Helfrich, the first-year coach at Oregon. The No. 2 Ducks (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) raced out to a ridiculous 57-16 lead midway through the third quarter at Colorado … and then they just stayed there. Helfrich completely called off the dogs. Chip Kelly often did that sort of thing, too, but Helfrich somehow is more likable.

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