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Who will be No. 1? OU or Alabama

by Michael Baldwin Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm •  Published: July 12, 2011

The Associated Press poll is viewed by most as the definitive college football rating. The AP preseason poll will not be released for another month in mid-August.

Based on other preseason ratings it’s apparent Oklahoma and Alabama probably will be ranked 1-2. It’s simply a question of whether the Sooners or Crimson Tide will be No. 1.

Reseraching 10 preseason rankings OU is listed No. 1 four times followed by Alabama (three), LSU (two) and Florida State (one).

Quarterbacks Blake Bell (10) and Landry Jones (12) sign autographs after the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) Spring Football game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Quarterbacks Blake Bell (10) and Landry Jones (12) sign autographs after the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) Spring Football game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

The Seminoles, who host OU Sept. 17 in a high profile game with national title implications, are listed in the top 10 by nearly every publication/website. But Fox Sports listing FSU No. 1 was surprising.

OU has been ranked No. 1 preseason nine times by AP, once in the Bob Stoops era (2003).

Four of the nine times (1956, 1974, 1975, 1985) the Sooners won the national title.

Listed below are the preseason No. 1 from various publications:

Athlon — Alabama
Bleacher Report — Oklahoma
Blue Ribbon — Oklahoma
CBSSportsline — LSU
ESPN — Oklahoma
Fox Sports — Florida State
Lindy’s — Oklahoma
Phil Steele — Alabama
Sporting News — LSU
USA Today — Alabama

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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