The last of the major college football preseason rankings, the Associated Press Preseason Poll, is now out, and Oklahoma football, not surprisingly, is ranked in the top 10 at No. 7.
Two Big 12 teams, the Sooners and in-state rival Oklahoma State, are ranked in the top 10 in the AP Preseason Poll. The Cowboys are at No. 10.
This is the 18th consecutive season Oklahoma has been ranked in the AP Top 25 to begin the college football season. The string began in 2000, Bob Stoops’ second season as head coach of the Sooners. OU was ranked No. 19 in the AP Preseason Poll that season and went on to finish the season undefeated, at 13-0, and national champions for the seventh time in school history.
Since 2000, Oklahoma has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Preseason Poll 13 times. The Sooners have begun the season in the top five 10 times, and No. 1 on three different occasions (2002, 2003 and 2011).
As they say, though, it’s now how you start but how you finish that matters. On that measure, Oklahoma has ended the season in the AP Top-10 11 times, seven times in the top five, including last season, and once (in 2000) as the nation’s top-ranked team.
Alabama, the runner-up to national-champion Clemson in last season’s College Football Playoff, was the top-ranked team in the 2017 AP Preseason Poll, receiving 52 of the 61 total first-place votes. Following Alabama are Ohio State, Florida State, USC and Clemson. Rounding out the top 10 are No. 6 Penn State, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State.
The Big 12 placed five teams in the AP Preseason Top 25: Besides OU and Oklahoma State, Kansas State is No. 19, West Virginia 22 and Texas 23. The Big 12 placed second to the SEC (Southeastern Conference), which has six teams ranked in the preseason top 25. The ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) also had five teams in the top 25.