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Sooners top preseason coaches’ poll

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In case you weren’t aware, we unveiled our preseason Top 25 — along with conference-by-conference breakdowns — Wednesday night.

The USA Today coaches’ poll did the same Thursday morning and, suffice to say, they disagreed slightly with the team we placed at the top.  And, with most of the other slotting, actually.

In the coaches’ initial offering for the 2011 season, Oklahoma is the No. 1 team in the nation, garnering 42 of the 59 first-place votes on their way to 1,454 points.  At No. 2 is Alabama with 13 first-place votes and 1,414 total points from the coaches.  No. 3 Oregon (2) and No. 4 LSU (2) were the only other teams to receive first-place votes.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Florida State, Stanford, Boise State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

Last year’s BcS champion Auburn comes in at No. 19; in last year’s preseason poll, the Tigers were ranked No. 23.  That ranking for Auburn is the lowest for a defending champion since Minnesota was unranked in the early sixties.  TCU, which finished 2010 right behind the champs in the final coaches’ poll, will begin this season at No. 15.

There were five teams not ranked at the end of 2010 who begin 2011 inside the Top 25: No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 22 Georgia, No. 23 Florida, No. 24 Texas and No. 25 Penn State.

Once again, USC is ineligible for the coaches’ poll because of NCAA sanctions.

As expected, the SEC leads all conferences with eight ranked teams, followed by the Big 12 and the Big Ten with five apiece.  The ACC, Mountain West and Pac-12 each had two teams in the preseason poll.  The Big East was the only BcS conference without a ranked team; West Virginia finished second in the “others receiving votes” category.

Below is the coaches’ complete preseason rankings:

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7 Responses to “Sooners top preseason coaches’ poll”
  1. florida727 says: Aug 4, 2011 3:12 PM

    Far be it for me to say Florida is over-rated, but the realist in me says when you only return 4 starters on defense, 7 on an inept offense, and have to play Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia in-conference, and Florida State out-of-conference, how does that translate to a #23 ranking? Oh well…

  2. medtxpack says: Aug 4, 2011 3:46 PM

    Texas shouldnt even be ranked.

  3. tigersgeaux says: Aug 4, 2011 4:50 PM

    This is more like it! Like our friends, southernpatriots says, this is what Saban and Miles want, not to be #1. Let OK be #1 and take the intense focus and shots. Let the SEC prove they are contenders by their play.

  4. superfbfan says: Aug 4, 2011 7:13 PM

    Alright I’ve sat by long enough and watched the praise of Alabama…but they are simply overrated. I’m not hating! But they lost Julio, their QB, and a Heisman winner….on offense. You cannot replace that! Yea Trent R. is the best RB in the SEC…but thats not enough i.e. get ready to face 9 in the box. Their D is the absolute best..unquestioned..but you have to score and alabama is going to struggle this year scoring. 2 losses this year (LSU and Akansas maybe Miss. St.) Sorry for the Long post but LSU is the team to beat in the West. The surprise in the SEC will be Georgia, they have the weakest schedule in the Conf. and will win at least 10 games.

  5. lanzurrah says: Aug 5, 2011 1:10 AM

    I can’t believe USC doesn’t crack the Top 25. Barkley may be a top 10 pick in the draft. One of the better o-lines in the country. Absolutely loaded at WR with Woods and Co. The only thing holding them back is the defense which does have alot of highly-touted younger guys, but has a few All-American types in Gallipo and McDonald. Baffling.

  6. florida727 says: Aug 5, 2011 7:52 AM

    “lanzurrah”, I’m not sure this is true, but isn’t USC banned from this ranking due to sanctions imposed on them? The coaches voting in this poll may not be allowed to vote for them. Again, asking, not sure. Talent-wise, of course they should be among the Top 25, but they’re not even eligible for the Pac-10 title game this year, are they?

  7. lanzurrah says: Aug 5, 2011 8:13 AM

    Oh, you’re right. Totally forgot about that….

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