Keith Ford

Despite the SEC dominating Saturday, the Oklahoma Sooners spoiled the conference’s fun by beating Tennessee.

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Continuing its domination of college sports and college football, in particular, the SEC placed five of its 14 teams in top-15 range of AP’s ranking this weekend. Highlighted by Alabama at No. 3, Auburn at No. 5, Texas A&M at No. 6 and LSU at No. 8, SEC teams also tallied 10 wins this weekend and just three losses — two of the losses dealt by rivals within the conference. The most poignant loss came Saturday, when Florida beat Kentucky 36-30 in triple overtime. Kentucky redshirt freshman Austin MacGinnis completed consecutive game-tying field goals before the Wildcats fell short.

“We wouldn’t even be in those overtimes if he didn’t make it,” Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said. “I take my hat off to him. He was clutch. He made some very difficult kicks. I’m proud of him.”

Stoops said he never expected the team to lose the match.

Sooners spoil SEC fun

Oklahoma, who downed Tennessee 34-10, was the lone outsider to beat an SEC team this week. The Sooners maintained their lead throughout the game, allowing the Volunteers just one touchdown in the second quarter and a field goal in the third quarter. Still undefeated, No. 4 Oklahoma faces West Virginia on Saturday. Sophomore running back Keith Ford, Oklahoma’s leading rusher, will miss the game after sustaining a “slight fracture in a non weight-bearing bone in his ankle” against Tennessee, ESPN reported.

Rushing for 194 yards and five touchdowns this season, Ford has dominated the Sooner offense. He also clocks in at No. 3 among receivers on the team with 100 yards.

“You hand the ball off to [Ford], and he’s going to get yards for you,” Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight said. “He’s such a physical back and just sees the field so well.”

Ford is expected to miss two to three weeks, a timetable that would ensure he’s eligible just in time for the Texas vs OU Red River Rivalry on Oct. 11.

Fan injured at Texas game 

 At the Texas-UCLA Advocare Cowboys Showdown, one of the 60,479 fans fell 12-15 feet over a railing in level 100, dropping into a field-level suite at AT&T Stadium. The man was conscious when medical care arrived and transferred him to a Fort Worth Hospital, according to Lt. Lee Tovar, a spokesman for Arlington Fire Department. Sunday, Tovar said the man was reported in critical condition in an intensive care unit, but, by Monday morning, his status improved to “good condition.” The cause of his fall was unknown.

UCLA staying quiet on Hundley injury

Also injured at AT&T Stadium that night, UCLA starting quarterback Brett Hundley left the game in the first quarter with a left elbow injury. In response, UCLA head coach Jim Mora said he’s “not going to tell anybody anything until kickoff versus Arizona State. Nobody. Nothing.” Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman tweeted Sunday morning that Hundley was diagnosed with slight hyperextension of his left elbow and is expected to be cleared by the end of the week. Hundley should have time to recover, as the Bruins, who rose to No. 10 in the USA Today ranking after the 20-17 victory against Texas, take their bye week this week before facing Arizona State in Tempe on Sept. 25.

A strange recruiting season for the Longhorns has been defined more by who they didn’t get than who they did. Litanies of misses and decommits have cause headaches for the entire coaching staff. Here are the top five recruits most likely to make those headaches worse in the near future:

1. Keith Ford, RB, Oklahoma
Ford is one of the most college-ready backs in this class. The top-rated back in the state of Texas, according to rivals.com, the Cypress Ranch star rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 20 scores as a senior and is likely to create an immediate 1-2 punch for the Sooners with established starter Damien Williams. His combination of strength and elusiveness and have garnered favorable comparisons to Trent Richardson. If he comes close to delivering on that comparison, it’ll be a major problem for a Texas defense that missed more than 100 tackles this past season.

2. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Treadwell is the only non-Big12 player mentioned on the list. Texas will meet him early next season in the last non-conference game and can only hope he hasn’t found his footing by then, because his impending ascendancy isn’t a matter of if, but when. The No. 1 ranked receiving prospect by rivals.com, Treadwell has the height and speed that recruiters drool over. His great hands and ability to catch in traffic make his quarterback’s job a lot easier. The Longhorns were one of many teams to throw their hat in the ring for him in the recruiting process, but the Illinois native surprised many by choosing to commit to an upstart Rebels team.

3. Robbie Rhodes, WR, Baylor
Rhodes averaged 30.4 yards per reception in his senior season at Fort Worth Southwest, and no, that is not a typo. Rhodes loves the deep ball and should fit right in at Baylor, who has produced arguably the most productive receiving corps in the nation the last two seasons. All-Americans Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams gave the Longhorns defense fits the past two seasons and Rhodes is the next big receiver in the pipeline for the Bears.

4. DJ Ward, DE, Oklahoma
Ward is an explosive pass-rusher and shows the versatility desperately needed by an Oklahoma staff that is considering switching to a 3-4 defense. Transfer issues kept the 6-foot-3 defensive end off the field his senior season of high school, but he amassed 169 tackles and 20 sacks his previous two seasons of varsity football. He has all the tools to become dominant in quarterback pursuit and wreak havoc on any offensive tackle forced to guard him.

5. Kyle Hicks, RB, TCU
The list both starts and ends with a running back and you can blame the Texas defense for that. The Longhorns manned the 88th ranked run defense last season, allowing nearly 200 yards rushing per game. Hicks, originally a Longhorns commit, changed his pledge to TCU to stay closer to home, and Texas’ loss was the Horned Frogs' gain. The Arlington Martin product is easily the top offensive recruit for TCU and has the opportunity to make an immediate impact, something that would have been difficult to do at Texas, who already have a logjam at the running back spot.