NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma will enter the 2009 season ranked No. 3 in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll released Friday. The Sooners were one of four teams with at least one first-place vote (Florida, Texas and Southern Cal).
 
USA Today's synopsis on the Sooners: "Last year's BCS runner-up returns Heisman Trophy QB Sam Bradford along with TE Jermaine Gresham, OL Trent Williams, RB DeMarco Murray, DTs Gerald McCoy and DeMarcus Granger and LB Travis Lewis. Oct. 17 battle with Texas again figures to be pivotal."
 
Oklahoma opens the 2009 season against No. 24 BYU in Arlington, Texas, at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5. ESPN will televise the game to the nation with kickoff slated for 6 p.m. Central.
 
For complete coverage of the Sooners throughout the month of August, visit 2009 Preseason Practice Central.
 
 Coaches' Preseason Poll
#
 Team (First-Place Votes)  2008 Record  Points  Final 2008 Rank
1
 Florida (53)  13-1  1,466  1
2
 Texas (4)  12-1  1,386  3
3
 Oklahoma (1)  12-2  1,358  5
4
 Southern Cal (1)  12-1  1,321  2
5
 Alabama  12-2  1,134  6
6
 Ohio State  10-3  1,126  11
7
 Virginia Tech  10-4  1,020  14
8
 Penn State  11-2  988  8
9
 LSU  8-5  917  -
10
 Ole Miss  9-4  889  15
11
 Oklahoma State  9-4  861  18
12
 California  9-4  711  25
13
 Georgia  10-3  707  10
14
 Oregon  10-3  694  9
15
 Georgia Tech  9-4  559  22
16
 Boise State  12-1  542  13
17
 TCU  11-2  461  7
18
 Utah  13-0  404  4
19
 Florida State  9-4  371  23
20
 North Carolina  8-5  293  -
21
 Iowa  9-4  257  20
22
 Nebraska  9-4  236  -
23
 Notre Dame  7-6  194  -
24
 BYU  10-3  178  21
25
 Oregon State  9-4  165  19

Others receiving votes (with 2008 records)
Kansas (8-5) 138; Michigan State (9-4) 136; Texas Tech (11-2) 114; Cincinnati (11-3) 90; Pittsburgh (9-4) 64; West Virginia (9-4) 55; Rutgers (8-5) 51; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 46; Missouri (10-4) 44; Illinois (5-7) 38; Clemson (7-6) 30; South Carolina (7-6) 18; UCLA (4-8) 14; Auburn (5-7) 12; Nevada (7-6) 11; South Florida (8-5) 11; Kentucky (7-6) 9; North Carolina State (6-7) 7; Arkansas (5-7) 6; Wisconsin (7-6) 6; Northwestern (9-4) 5; Southern Mississippi (7-6) 4; Wake Forest (8-5) 4; Arizona (8-5) 3; Boston College (9-5) 3; Central Michigan (8-5) 3; East Carolina (9-5) 3; Colorado (5-7) 2; Maryland (8-5) 2; Navy (8-5) 2; Tennessee (5-7) 2; Houston (8-5) 1; Michigan (3-9) 1; Minnesota (7-6) 1; Troy (8-5) 1.