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No. 5 Sooners ready to move on after rough start

NORMAN, Okla. — Coach Bob Stoops has a message for any Oklahoma followers considering pressing the panic button after a closer-than-expected victory in the season opener: What's more important, starting fast or finishing strong?

The Sooners (1-0) were less than impressive in their 24-7 win at UTEP last week, getting bumped down a spot to No. 5 in this week's polls. The struggle left plenty to work on in practice, and Saturday night's home opener against Florida A&M (0-1) of the Football Championship Subdivision could provide a chance to iron out some of the kinks.

Under Stoops, Oklahoma has won its three previous games against FCS competition by a combined score of 170-2. Anything less than a blowout in this one could leave the Sooners and their fans some real reasons for concern.