In Case You Hadn't Heard - The Preseason Coaches Poll

I'm not sure how much detail this has been covered in already, but in case you hadn't heard, the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll is out (link). Florida had a solid grasp on the top spot with 53 first place votes. Texas was at #2 and they managed to get 4 first place votes. Oklahoma was at #3 and USC was at #4, and each team received one first place vote.

The Top 10 was rounded out by #5 Alabama, #6 Ohio State, #7 Virginia Tech, #8 Penn State, #9 LSU, and #10 Mississippi. No that's not a typo, Mississippi is in the Top 10.

As far as OU opponents go:

  • Brigham Young (BYU) squeaked into the Top-25 with the #24 spot.
  • Texas (mentioned above) is ranked just above OU with the #2 ranking.
  • Oklahoma State will start off the season with the #11 ranking.
  • Nebraska takes home the #22 ranking.
  • And in the "others receiving votes category", with the theoretical ranking listed in paretheses: Kansas (26), Texas Tech (28), Miami (33).

This means that the Sooners are slotted to play 4 preseason Top-25 teams (33% of their games). Over half (7) of their games will be against teams within the Top-35. Amazingly, only one of those seven games will be played in Norman. This also means that the Sooners will open up against a ranked opponent.

Buckle up, it'll be an interesting season!

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