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Oklahoma Sooners Football: OU moves up to No. 2 in AP Poll, No. 3 in Coaches Poll

Oklahoma’s win in Columbus has earned it some much-deserved respect.

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The AP and Coaches Polls came out Sunday afternoon, and the Oklahoma Sooners moved up after stomping Ohio State in Columbus. OU has moved up to No. 2 and No. 3 in the AP and Coaches Polls, respectively. Oklahoma was actually able to grab a pair of first-place votes in the AP Poll after its impressive performance.

Here’s the full AP Poll:

  1. Alabama (58)
  2. Oklahoma (2)
  3. Clemson (1)
  4. USC
  5. Penn State
  6. Washington
  7. Michigan
  8. Ohio State
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Florida State
  12. LSU
  13. Georgia
  14. Louisville
  15. Auburn
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Miami
  18. Kansas State
  19. Stanford
  20. TCU
  21. Washington State
  22. South Florida
  23. Tennessee
  24. Florida
  25. UCLA

Here’s the full USA Today Coaches Poll:

  1. Alabama (58)
  2. Clemson (2)
  3. Oklahoma
  4. USC
  5. Penn State
  6. Washington
  7. Michigan
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Ohio State
  10. Florida State
  11. LSU
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Georgia
  14. Louisville
  15. Miami
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Auburn
  18. Kansas State
  19. Stanford
  20. TCU
  21. South Florida
  22. Washington State
  23. Tennessee
  24. Utah
  25. Florida

A few thoughts:

  • I think No. 2 is a deserving sport for the Sooners after how well they played in such a tough environment, but I am a bit surprised that they’re there in the AP Poll. I kind of expected them to put Clemson ahead of OU partially because of the fact that they’re defending national champions (some folks factor that in when voting, believe it or not).
  • After looking downright brutal last week, the Big 12 sort of flexed its muscles (at least the top half of the league) in Week 2. TCU’s defense looked like one we’re accustomed to seeing from a Patterson-coached team, and Okie Lite and Purple Kansas have looked pretty solid despite facing bad competition up to this point. Will Grier and WVU aren’t in the polls this week, but they looked pretty good against East Carolina. The bottom of the league looks really bad (hey, Baylor!), but the top seems like it’ll be pretty strong.
  • Alabama, while outstanding, is the only SEC team in the top 10 and one of only four in the top 20 (both polls). Florida and Tennessee, the other two ranked squads, really don’t look strong at all either. So the SEC race is basically just one great squad with three other good teams nipping at their heels, which is pretty much the case in the Big 12 (although some would consider Oklahoma State better than good).