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Modified: September 16, 2008 at 8:26 am •  Published: September 16, 2008
Stoops: Pay attention to polls later
The Sooners are No. 2 in both major rankings, moving up in the USA Today coaches' poll Monday.

OU received one first-place vote, although No. 1 Southern Cal was the runaway vote-getter with 57 of the 61 first-place votes.

The Sooners were No. 3 last week, but jumped Georgia after the Bulldogs beat South Carolina 14-7.

For now, Sooner coach Bob Stoops isn't paying much attention.

"In the end, it's a long year,” he said. "All we can focus on is being the absolute best we can be each time we play.

"(The ranking) really doesn't do anything to us right now. We have so many more games to play.”

As the season evolves, Stoops said, the rankings become more relevant.

"It's a long way to earn your way to something like that,” he said. "That's what our focus will be on, earning it. Earn it each week and not get ahead of yourself.”

•Sprain for Granger: OU defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger suffered a sprained left foot in Saturday's win over Washington, according to an update provided Monday by Stoops.

In a statement, Stoops said it's too early to determine when Granger will be ready to return to action. The Sooners are off this week before taking on TCU on Sept. 27.

Earlier Monday, during the Big 12 teleconference, Stoops addressed the issue of whether Granger was the subject of a retaliatory move by Huskies players late in the second quarter.

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