Sooners atop preseason coaches’ poll; Cowboys in at No. 8

Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma is once again at the top of the college football world – in August.

The Sooners grabbed 42 of 59 first-place votes to take the No. 1 spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll.  It is a familiar spot for OU, but it’s the first time for the Sooners since 2003.

The preseason hype continues in Norman for a squad that has had numerous players on postseason award watch lists since June.  Due to the departure of Nebraska and Colorado from the Big 12, Oklahoma will have to stay undefeated through only 12 games this season to make an appearance in the BCS title game.  It would be difficult to imagine any leapfrogging of an Oklahoma team with a perfect record.

Will the Sooners be on top of this poll in January?

The Cowboys find themselves in a completely different position than the one they were in a season ago.  Oklahoma State is in the preseason poll at No. 8 in 2011; OSU was almost universally thought to be a cellar-dweller in the Big 12 South before the 2010 season opened.  The likely question in Stillwater is: Can the Cowboys deal with the pressure that comes with high expectations?

Here is the complete poll:

Rank  Team (first-place votes)  Points

1. Oklahoma (42)   1454
2. Alabama (13)   1414
3. Oregon (2)   1309
4. LSU (2)   1296
5. Florida State   1116
6. Stanford   1101
7. Boise State   1065
8. Oklahoma State   993
9. Texas A&M   885
10. Wisconsin   829
11. Nebraska               814
12. South Carolina   779
13. Virginia Tech   767
14. Arkansas               750
15. TCU   687
16. Ohio State   631
17. Michigan State   536
18. Notre Dame   440
19. Auburn  329
20. Mississippi State    301
21. Missouri   266
22. Georgia   260
23. Florida   240
24. Texas   162
25. Penn State   161

Others receiving votes: Arizona State 158; West Virginia 149; Utah 50; Miami (Fla.) 49; Iowa 41; Northwestern 30; Arizona 28; Central Florida 22; Michigan 19; Air Force 15; North Carolina 14; Houston 13; South Florida 9; Hawaii 8; Clemson 7; Tennessee 7; Southern Miss 6; Brigham Young 5; North Carolina State 4; Northern Illinois 4; Oregon State 4; Pittsburgh 3; Washington 3; Georgia Tech 1; Nevada 1.

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