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AP Poll | Oklahoma Sooners Retain No. 1 Ranking After Loss

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Although the Oklahoma Sooners dropped in the Coaches Poll, the scenario played out quite differently in the AP Poll. Behind a 1-1 record on the week, OU retained the title of best team in the country. However, it came at a cost. Losing on the road in one of the most difficult places to play, Hilton Coliseum, the Sooners relinquished 29 first place votes. Bouncing back with a convincing win over a top fifteen opponent once again on the road helped secure 32 first place votes to edge out North Carolina by a mere six points.

It's no secret that remaining the No. 1 team after a loss is a rarity. According to ESPN, the last program to do so behind a loss "this early" in the year was Cincinnati in 1960. Of course, the phrase "this early in the year" is subjective as Indiana lost to Illinois on February 7th of 2013 while retaining the top spot in the nation the following week.

Oh well....here is the rest of the AP Poll.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Oklahoma (36) 16-2 1,592
2 North Carolina (29) 18-2 1,586
3 Iowa 16-3 1,473
4 Kansas 16-3 1,369
5 Texas A&M 17-2 1,332
6 Villanova 17-3 1,261
7 Xavier 17-2 1,186
8 Maryland 17-3 1,111
9 West Virginia 16-3 1,105
10 Providence 17-3 1,005
11 Virginia 15-4 903
12 Michigan State 17-4 869
13 SMU 18-1 838
14 Iowa State 15-4 792
15 Miami (FL) 15-3 753
16 Louisville 16-3 719
17 Baylor 15-4 594
18 Arizona 16-4 502
19 Indiana 17-3 466
20 Kentucky 15-4 403
21 Purdue 17-4 328
22 Wichita St 14-5 151
23 Oregon 16-4 149
24 Duke 15-5 145
25 Notre Dame 14-5 136