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Oklahoma to Open Season at No. 1
August 04, 2011

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma will begin the 2011 season as the No. 1 team in the nation according to the preseason Coaches' Poll released Thursday morning (August 4) by USA Today.
 
Five teams Oklahoma will face during the regular season are ranked in the Top 25 including Florida State (5), Oklahoma State (8), Texas A&M (9), Missouri (21) and Texas (24). The Sooners travel to Tallahassee to face the Seminoles in what could be an early-season matchup between top five teams on Saturday, Sept. 17.
 
"It's an honor to be ranked No. 1 any time, but we understand that the preseason ranking means very little compared with what it will mean months from now," said Coach Stoops.
 
"Like a lot of other teams, we face the challenge of preparing for a difficult schedule. Our aspirations are clear in that we want to compete for the national championship, and we're flattered to be considered by others as a program that has an opportunity to reach that goal."
 
Oklahoma begins the 2011 season in Norman on September 3 when the Sooners host Tulsa at 7 p.m. Visit Oklahoma Preseason Practice Central for the latest official coverage direct from the OU Athletics Department.
 

 Rank  Points
1.
 Oklahoma (42)  1454
2.
 Alabama (13)  1414
3.
 Oregon (2)  1309
4.
 LSU (2)  1296
5.
 Florida State  1116
6.
 Stanford  1101
7.
 Boise State  1065
8.
 Oklahoma State  933
9.
 Texas A&M  885
10.
 Wisconsin  829
11.
 Nebraska  814
12.
 South Carolina  779
13.
 Virginia Tech  767
14.
 Arkansas  750
15.
 TCU  687
16.
 Ohio State  631
17.
 Michigan State  536
18.
 Notre Dame  440
19.
 Auburn  329
20.
 Mississippi State  301
21.
 Missouri  266
22.
 Georgia  260
23.
 Florida  240
24.
 Texas  162
25.
 Penn State  161
 
Others receiving votes:
Arizona State (6-6) 158; West Virginia (9-4) 149; Utah (10-3) 50; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 49; Iowa (8-5) 41; Northwestern (7-6) 30; Arizona (7-6) 28; Central Florida (11-3) 22; Michigan (7-6) 19; Air Force (9-4) 15; North Carolina (8-5) 14; Houston (5-7) 13; South Florida (8-5) 9; Hawaii (10-4) 8; Clemson (6-7) 7; Tennessee (6-7) 7; Southern Miss (8-5) 6; Brigham Young (7-6) 5; North Carolina State (9-4) 4; Northern Illinois (11-3) 4; Oregon State (5-7) 4; Pittsburgh (8-5) 3; Washington (7-6) 3; Georgia Tech (6-7) 1; Nevada (13-1) 1.
 
Related links:
Why Oklahoma Gets the Nod - USA Today

 
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