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JANUARY 10, 2017

OU in the AP Poll


OU Football History & Tradition | Updated Jan. 10, 2017 

OU has a long and illustrious history with the Associated Press Poll since the service began in 1936. The Sooners have been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 more than any team in college football, and the Sooners also own the most weeks in the Top 5.

No program has finished in the Top 5 more than Oklahoma, and OU has finished No. 1 in the final poll and crowned national champions by the AP seven times.

Oklahoma has been ranked in more than 70 percent of all weekly AP polls and nearly half the time in the top 10. Latest AP Poll | AP Poll Archive

AP Poll
 Weeks OU Ranked  798 of 1,118 polls since 1936 (No. 3 nationally) .714
 Weeks Ranked No. 1  101 (No. 2 nationally behind Ohio State, 105) .090
 Weeks Ranked in Top 2  199 (No. 1 nationally) .178
 Weeks Ranked in Top 5  395 (No. 1 nationally) .353
 Weeks Ranked in Top 10  557 (No. 2 nationally behind Ohio State, 592) .498
 Years Ranked in Preseason Poll  58 (of 67 polls - No. 2 nationally behind Ohio State, 63) .866
 Years Ranked in Final Poll  56 (of 81 polls - T-No. 2 nationally behind Michigan, 59) .691
 Seasons OU Ranked  69 of 81 seasons since 1936 .852
 Seasons with No. 1 Ranking  19 (at least one week at No. 1)  
 Average Rank in all AP Polls  7.8 (No. 1 nationally)  
 Average Rank in Final AP Poll  7.55 (No. 2 nationally behind Alabama, 7.34)  
 Years Ranked No. 1 in Preseason  10 (2011, '03, 1987, '86, '85, '77, '75, '74, '57, '56)  
 Years Ranked No. 1 in Final Poll  7 (2000, 1985, '74, '75, '56, '55, '50)  
 Years Ranked in Top 5 in Final Poll  31 (No. 1 nationally)  
 Longest Streaks
 Ranked No. 1:  15 Weeks (2002-2003)  
 Ranked in Top 5:  48 Weeks (1953-1957)  
 Ranked in Top 10:  76 Weeks (1984-1988)  
 Ranked in Top 25:  158 Weeks (12th week of 1970 - 5th week of 1981)  
 Seasons Ranked:  30 Seasons (1966-1995)  
 in Preseason Poll:  28 Seasons (1968-1995)  
 in Final Poll:  14 Seasons (1946-1959)  

Oklahoma All-Time in AP Poll
The grid below shows every week of the AP poll and OU's ranking. The numbers along the top of the poll represent the week with "P" as the preseason poll and "F" as the final poll. A dash (-) represents that OU was not ranked in that week's poll while a blank means that there was no poll that week.
 
  P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 F
2016 3 14 14 25 - 20 19 16 16 12 9 8 7 7 7     5
2015 19 19 16 15 15 10 19 17 14 14 12 7 5 3 4     5
2014 4 4 4 4 4 4 11 11 17 19 16 - 23 20 18 -   -
2013 16 16 14 14 14 11 12 18 15 10 10 18 20 18 17 11   6
2012 4 5 5 6 16 17 13 10 8 14 14 13 14 12 12     15
2011 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 11 7 7 5 12 13 19     16
2010 7 10 7 8 8 6 6 3 11 11 19 16 14 10 9     6
2009 3 13 12 10 8 19 20 25 22 20 - - - - - -   -
2008 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 4 4 4 6 5 5 3 4 2   5
2007 8 5 3 4 3 10 6 4 4 5 4 3 10 9 3     8
2006 10 15 15 17 16 14 23 20 19 18 17 16 13 8 7     11
2005 7 18 21 - - - - - - - - - - - -     22
2004 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2     3
2003 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3     3
2002 2 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 1 4 4 3 8 8 5
2001 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 4 11 11 10   6
2000 19 19 20 18 17 14 10 8 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1   1
1999 - - - - - 23 - - - 24 - - - - - -   -
1998 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     -
1997 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1996 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1995 15 16 14 14 10 10 14 13 15 23 25 - - - - -   -
1994 16 15 15 21 21 21 16 22 - - - - - - - -   -
1993 22 21 17 12 10 10 10 9 17 14 20 17 15 16 19 19   17
1992 15 15 13 13 20 19 16 - - - - - - - - -   -
1991 10 9 9 7 6 5 6 12 21 20 20 18 19 19 20     16
1990 22 23 14 11 9 7 4 16 22 - - - - 22 20     17
1989 15 8 6 16 16 16 15 25 - - - - - - -     -
1988 3 4 4 3 10 10 9 8 8 8 8 9 10 10 10     14
1987 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1     3
1986 1 1 1 1 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 3 3 3       3
1985 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 10 9 7 7 5 3 4 3   1
1984 16 16 15 11 7 5 3 2 2 10 9 6 2 2 2     6
1983 2 2 2 8 9 8 15 16 14 11 - - - - 20     -
1982 9 9 - - - - - 20 17 14 15 14 11 14 12     16
1981 2 3 3 2 5 10 - - 19 17 15 - - -       20
1980 5 4 3 4 12 12 17 17 16 11 10 9 6 5 4     3
1979 3 3 3 3 3 3 8 7 7 6 7 8 5 5       3
1978 4 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 4 4       3
1977 1 5 3 1 2 7 6 4 3 3 3 3 2         7
1976 5 4 4 3 3 6 5 13 17 14 10 8 8         5
1975 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 6 7 3 3       1
1974 1 1 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1       1
1973 11 11 9 8 6 6 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2       3
1972 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 8 7 7 4 4 3 2       2
1971 10 10 11 8 8 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3       2
1970 20 18 14 - - - - - - - - - 20 20       20
1969 6 6 6 8 12 11 - 20 - - - - -         -
1968 4 5 - - - - - - - - 14 11 10         11
1967 - - - - - - - - 8 7 5             3
1966 - - - - - 10 - - - - - -           -
1965 - - - - - - - - - - - -           -
1964 2 - - - - - - - - -               -
1963 4 3 1 1 6 7 6 6 5 6 10 8           10
1962 - - - - - - - - - 10 8             8
1961 - - - - - - - - - - -             -
1960 10 - - - - - - - - - -             -
1959 2 2 - 13 - 18 19 - - - 17 15           15
1958 2 2 1 2 11 9 7 6 6 4 3             5
1957 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 6 5             4
1956 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1             1
1955 2 3 5 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1             1
1954 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 3             3
1953 6 8 16 12 9 9 8 6 4 4               4
1952 4 20 12 6 3 3 4 8 5 4               4
1951 4 4 11 19 - 17 14 12 12 10               10
1950 6 5 3 2 3 3 3 2 1                 1
1949   3 3 4 3 3 3 2 3                 2
1948   - 20 18 16 15 9 8 6                 5
1947   15 - - - - - - 20 18               16
1946   - 13 14 14 16 - 18 17                 14
1945   - - - 14 - 14 - -                 -
1944   - - - - - - - -                 -
1943   - - - - - - - -                 -
1942   - - - - - - -                   -
1941   - - - - - - -                   -
1940   - - - - - - -                   -
1939   3 6 6 6 5 14 - -                 19
1938   14 10 11 10 7 6 5                   4
1937   - - - - - -                     -
1936   - - - - - -                     -

All-Time AP Finishes
Oklahoma has finished at No. 1 in the AP Poll seven times and as No. 2 in three additional seasons. The Sooners have ended the season in the Top 5 a whopping 31 times and ranked in the Top 10 after 40 seasons. Below shows OU's finish every year in the AP Top 25 Poll:
 
OU Finished...
 Ranked Times  Seasons
 No. 1 7  2000, 1985, 1975, 1974, 1956, 1955, 1950
 No. 2 3  1972, 1971, 1949
 No. 3 10  2004, 2003, 1987, 1986, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1973, 1967, 1954
 No. 4 4  1957, 1953, 1952, 1938
 No. 5 7  2016, 2015, 2008, 2002, 1976, 1958, 1948
 No. 6 4  2013, 2010, 2001, 1984
 No. 7 1  1977
 No. 8 2  2007, 1962
 No. 9 -  
 No. 10 2  1963, 1951
 No. 11 2  2006, 1968
 No. 12 -  
 No. 13 -  
 No. 14 2  1988, 1946
 No. 15 1  2012, 1959
 No. 16 4  2011, 1991, 1982, 1947
 No. 17 2  1993, 1990
 No. 18 -  
 No. 19 1  1939
 No. 20 2  1981, 1970
 No. 21 -  
 No. 22 1  2005
 No. 23 -  
 No. 24 -  
 No. 25 -  

OU as No. 1 / Against No. 1
Oklahoma has played in a total of 104 games involving the AP No. 1 team. The Sooners are 74-8 (.901) in 82 games ranked as the No. 1 team. OU is 7-13-2 (.364) in 22 games playing against a team ranked No. 1.
 
 Oklahoma
 ... as AP No. 1  74-8-0 (.901) | 82 games
 ... against AP No. 1  7-14-2 (.348) | 23 games
 ... as AP No. 1 vs. ranked opp.  19-7-0 (.731) | 26 games
 ... as AP No. 1 in Norman  37-0-0 (1.00) | 37 games
 ... as AP No. 1 at opponent  28-3-0 (.903) | 31 games
 ... as AP No. 1 at neutral site  9-5-0 (.643) | 14 games
 ... against AP No. 1 in Norman  1-5-0 (.200) | 6 games
 ... against AP No. 1 at opponent  3-3-1 (.500) | 7 games
 ... against AP No. 1 at neutral site  3-6-1 (.350) | 10 games
 
 No. 1 OU vs. Ranked Opponent
 Date  Score  Location  Att.
 09/17/11 W  (1) OU 23, (5) Florida State 13  Tallahassee, Fla.  84,392
 10/11/08 L  (5) Texas 45, (1) OU 35  Dallas, Texas  92,182
 12/06/03 L  (13) Kansas State 35, (1) OU 7  Kansas City, Mo. (Big 12 Title)  79,451
 11/01/03 W  (1) OU 52, (14) Oklahoma State 9  Norman  84,027
 10/18/03 W  (1) OU 34, (24) Missouri 13  Norman  83,327
 10/11/03 W  (1) OU 65, (11) Texas 13  Dallas, Texas  75,587
 01/03/01 W  (1) OU 13, (3) Florida State 2  Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)  76,835
 12/02/00 W  (1) OU 27, (8) Kansas State 24  Kansas City, Mo. (Big 12 Title)  79,655
 11/11/00 W  (1) OU 35, (19) Texas A&M 31  College Station, Texas  87,188
 01/01/87 L  (2) Miami 20, (1) OU 14  Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)  74,760
 11/07/87 W  (1) OU 29, (12) Oklahoma State 10  Norman  75,004
 09/27/86 L  (2) Miami 28, (1) OU 16  Miami, Fla.  71,451
 09/06/86 W  (1) OU 38, (4) UCLA 3  Norman  75,684
 11/11/78 L  (4) Nebraska 17, (1) OU 14  Lincoln, Neb.  74,657
 10/07/78 W  (1) OU 31, (6) Texas 10  Dallas, Texas  72,032
 09/30/78 W  (1) OU 45, (14) Missouri 23  Norman  72,371
 10/04/75 W  (1) OU, (19) Colorado 20  Norman  71,118
 09/20/75 W  (1) OU 46, (15) Pittsburgh 10  Norman  71,030
 11/23/74 W  (1) OU 28, (6) Nebraska 14  Lincoln, Neb.  74,504
 10/12/63 L  (2) Texas 28, (1) OU 7  Dallas, Texas  76,004
 09/21/57 W  (1) OU 26, (8) Pittsburgh 0  Pittsburgh, Pa.  59,025
 01/01/55 W  (1) OU 20, (3) Maryland 6  Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)  76,561
 10/09/54 W  (1) OU 14, (15) Texas 7  Dallas, Texas  76,204
 09/25/54 W  (1) OU 21, (16) TCU 16  Norman  50,878
 11/25/50 W  (1) OU 49, (16) Nebraska 35  Norman  53,066
 01/01/50 L  (3) Kentucky 13, (1) OU 7  New Orleans, La. (Sugar Bowl)  80,206
 25 Games | Overall Record: 19-7-0 (.731)
 
 OU vs. No. 1 Opponent
 Date  Score  Location  Att.
 12/31/15 L  (1) Clemson 37, (4) OU 17  Miami, Fla. (CFP Semifinal)  67,615
 01/08/09 L  (1) Florida 24, (2) OU 14  Miami, Fla. (BCS Title)  78,468
 12/01/07 W  (9) OU 38, (1) Missouri 17  San Antonio (Big 12 Title)  62,585
 01/04/05 L  (1) USC 55, (2) OU 19  Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)  77,912
 10/28/00 W  (3) OU 31, (1) Nebraska 14  Norman  75,989
 11/01/97 L  (1) Nebraska 69, OU 7  Lincoln, Neb.  75,926
 11/24/95 L  (1) Nebraska 37, OU 0  Lincoln, Neb.  75,662
 11/25/94 L  (1) Nebraska 13, OU 3  Norman  70,216
 11/21/87 W  (2) OU 17, (1) Nebraska 7  Lincoln, Neb.  76,663
 01/01/86 W  (3) OU 25, (1) Penn State 10  Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)  74,178
 11/17/84 W  (6) OU 17, (1) Nebraska 7  Lincoln, Neb.  76,323
 10/13/84 -  (3) OU 15, (1) Texas 15  Dallas, Texas  75,587
 11/26/83 L  (1) Nebraska 28, OU 21  Norman  76,565
 09/26/81 L  (1) USC 28, (2) OU 24  Los Angeles, Calif.  85,651
 09/29/73 -  (8) OU 7, (1) USC 7  Los Angeles, Calif.  83,986
 11/25/71 L  (1) Nebraska 35, (2) OU 31  Norman  62,884
 10/22/66 L  (1) Notre Dame 38, (10) OU 0  Norman  62,626
 10/09/65 L  (1) Texas 19, OU 0  Dallas, Texas  75,342
 10/10/64 L  (1) Texas 28, OU 7  Dallas, Texas  75,504
 09/28/63 W  (3) OU 17, (1) USC 12  Los Angeles, Calif.  52,245
 01/01/54 W  (4) OU 7, (1) Maryland 0  Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)  68,640
 09/26/53 L  (1) Notre Dame 28, (6) OU 21  Norman  59,461
 10/12/46 L  (1) Texas 20, OU 13  Dallas, Texas  -
 23 Games | Overall Record: 7-14-2 (.348)
 
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