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|
|2||North Carolina (29)||18-2||1,586|