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The Southeastern Conferences disappointing opening week featured a bit of deja vu for several teams.The proud league had a 6-6 record in nonconference games, well below its 80-plus winning percentage in nonconference games since 2006. And the most maddening thing for several SEC teams wasnt losing, but how they lost.Many were plagued by the same problems that were supposedly corrected in the offseason -- yet obviously were not.Though its early, how teams move forward will likely determine whether the surprising season-opening losses -- and unexpectedly close wins -- are evidence that a down year is on the horizon.Heres a quick trip around the league to see how the repeat offenders are addressing their issues:- No. 21 LSU is as good a place to start as any: The Tigers have a Heisman Trophy candidate at running back in Leonard Fournette and plenty of talent on defense, but the teams continued inability to throw the ball was evident in a 16-14 loss to Wisconsin.Quarterback Brandon Harris completed just 12 of 21 passes for 131 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss, showing little evidence that hes improved following an inconsistent 2015 season.Even so, embattled LSU coach Les Miles is adamant the offense can put up big numbers this season.The issue is we have to find the recipe that allows that to happen because we have talent, Miles said. I promise you this: Weve recruited well, and theres some really, really good kids here and good people.Said LSU receiver Travin Dural: We all have a lot of faith in Brandon.- Vanderbilt and Missouri were the SECs two worst offensive teams in 2015 and judging from the opening weekend, not much has changed. The Commodores sputtered in a 13-10 loss to South Carolina while the Tigers fell 26-11 to West Virginia.The margin of error for us is very, very thin, Vanderbilts third-year coach Derek Mason said.Missouri fans have some room to be optimistic with new coach Barry Odom. The pace of the teams offense -- the Tigers ran an eye-opening 100 plays in the loss -- was an encouraging sign that Odom is willing to push the tempo.Its about putting our kids in a position to do what they can do and for us, with our skillset right now, thats going to give us an advantage, Odom said.- Florida managed to win on Saturday, but its underwhelming 24-7 victory over lowly UMass was so uninspiring that voters dropped the Gators from No. 25 to out of the poll.A sluggish offense plagued Florida for much of last season, especially during a three-game losing streak to end the year. Luke Del Rio threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start as the Gators finally pulled away in the fourth quarter.- Auburns 19-13 loss to No. 2 Clemson, which played for a national title last season, wasnt unexpected. But the Tigers are once again struggling to find a starting quarterback one year after Jeremy Johnson and Sean White were inconsistent under center.Johnson and White -- along with newcomer John Franklin III -- all played against Clemson. No one seized control of the offense and the Tigers managed just 175 passing yards.Malzahn said White will remain the starter for this weeks game against Arkansas State with Franklin as the backup.Weve got a chance to be a good offense, and thats what were going to continue to thrive to be and youll see this offense improve, Malzahn said.- Kentucky and No. 19 Ole Miss didnt have much trouble scoring in their openers -- at least in the first half -- but both teams gave up big leads.The Wildcats collapse was especially demoralizing because it came in a home game against Southern Mississippi, a team from Conference USA. Kentucky had a 35-10 lead in the second quarter before giving up 34 straight points to lose 44-35.Kentucky fans have seen that before.In last years season finale against rival Louisville, the Wildcats had a 24-7 halftime lead before the Cardinals responded with 31 straight points in the second half to win 38-24.Thats the last thing left to do in this program, is finding that winning attitude, that winning culture and ways to win games instead of losing them, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.- Ole Miss can at least say its collapse came against Florida State , which is widely considered one of the nations best teams. But the fact that the Rebels had a 28-6 lead late in the second quarter before giving up 33 straight points and losing 45-34 still stings.The lost opportunity felt eerily like a few games in 2015, when the teams porous defense blew a two-touchdown lead against Memphis in a road loss and gave up 53 points in an overtime loss to Arkansas.Coaches like to say the most improvement for a team comes between Week 1 and Week 2.Many will be watching the SEC this week to see if teams around the league can make that leap.---AP Sports Writers Brett Martel, Gary B. Graves, John Zenor and Teresa Walker contributed to this story.-----Follow David Brandt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/davidbrandtAP . AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org . Cheap NFL Jerseys . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. 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Before they took the field, Pakistan had decided this would be their day of zen.The cricket world has sometimes thought of Pakistan as the team that either thrives or perishes in volatility; they are either inside the flaming helicopter spinning toward the ground, or the hero walking away from the explosion in slow motion. They are a Michael Bay movie or an old-school Rajnikanth flick, no depth, no nuance, no steady substance, just a series of electricifying sessions in succession; some glorious, the rest gory.Perhaps there has never really been this Pakistan, and at least in Tests, they certainly havent looked much like this Pakistan lately. Now they play under a captain who has, over time, moulded them in his own image. When Misbah-ul-Haq slams a 56-ball hundred or crashes spin over the infield perhaps there is a sense of the chaos that roils within him, but no one would say it is chaos that defines him; what defines him is zen.Misbah is the man who will bat ascetically for hours and hours, and charge his partners to do the same. He is the guy who will settle into a meditative pursuit of ones and twos, and when he hits out and breaks the spell, make boundaries feel ritualistic. In the UAE, or in Sri Lanka, where Pakistan have played most under him, Misbah will ask his quicks to bowl so dry that if two spells were rubbed together a roaring fire would start.On day three, against New Zealand, Pakistan played like the team that has been shaped by this man for six years. They played with gritted teeth, were sane, and diligent. It just so happened that on this occasion they failed to make it pay off.Rather than deliver gladiatorial spells or swinging super-deliveries in the morning the three quicks merely set out to stick collectively to a plan. They bowled slightly shorter than they had the previous day, and had batsmen playing at more balls. Sohail Khan beat Henry Nicholls inside edge to hit his front pad, and Jeet Raval, BJ Watling and Todd Astle were all out fending to slip.These are not the kinds of performances that bring to mind soaring Qawwali or a verse from the Rubaiyat, but they do feature heavily in Pakistans Test-match days - they are the grain in the bags of the caravan Misbah has led to no. 2.With the bat, Pakistan were unwaveringly diligent. They knew they had played too many drives the previous day, so sought to cut them out. They hoped to bring Yasir Shah - their most consistent matcch winner - into the fray, and so tried to push the game into the final day.ddddddddddddOccasionally, their optimistic application calcified into inertia. Azhar Ali batted like he wanted to be the glue that held Pakistans innings together, but found he had stuck himself to a corner instead. It took him 45 dot balls to move beyond 19. A further 24 balls were spent on 31. Sami Aslam, Babar Azam and Misbah himself all spent considerable time at the crease, but no one mustered a strike rate close to 50. The bad balls they had hoped New Zealand would eventually deliver, never showed up.When we sat down and assessed our batting, we spoke about how we got out and we felt we were too loose yesterday, coach Mickey Arthur said after play. On a wicket like this you need to be hitting the ball straight and you need to make the bowlers come to you, and that opens up the leg side. Hats off to Azhar, he fought extremely hard - he just didnt get anything to score off. Credit goes to New Zealand because they bowled exceptionally well. The plan was to survive, survive, survive and pick up some balls to eventually score off, but New Zealand were relentless. We never ground them down.Ground down instead was Pakistans nerve. Misbah attempted to wrest momentum and was caught, hooking, at fine leg. Azhar lost his long concentration, and was bowled, off his inside edge. Two more batsmen followed soon after, and what could have been a day of steady gains became a sorry one.But even these kinds of days have not been atypical for Pakistan. Unlike some other teams in contention for the top ranking, they arent merely lions at home and losers outside their continent: they can be lions and losers in the same series - whipping Sri Lanka in a Galle Test one week then falling apart against a rookie spinner the next, dispatching West Indies in Abu Dhabi, before being dispatched in return, at Sharjah.This match has almost slipped, but perhaps Pakistan will hit back in Hamilton. Maybe the hunt for the top ranking is still on. What seems clear, though, is that there will be more days like this in their southern summer. There will be more days when the defy stereotype, when they work to plans, embrace caution, and the only inspired bursts have been in backroom meetings. There will be more days of Misbah zen. ' ' '

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