For the first time in its 63-year history, Oklahoma State is ranked ahead of Oklahoma in the preseason Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll.
The Cowboys, picked to win the Big 12, start the season at No. 13 in the poll. The Sooners start at No. 16.
For the first time in its history, the Big 12 doesn’t have a team in the top 10 in the preseason poll. The last time the Big Eight didn’t have a top 10 teams was 1992.
The Sooners are ranked in the preseason poll for the 14th consecutive season, the second-longest streak behind Ohio State.
Alabama was a near-unanimous pick for the top spot, receiving 58 of 60 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide match Florida for the highest percentage of first-place votes in the preseason poll.
That Gators team went undefeated in the regular season before falling to eventual national-champion Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.
Alabama, which has won the last two national titles and three of the last four, is in the top two for the fourth consecutive season.
No. 2 Ohio State received one of the other first-place votes while the other went to No. 5 Georgia.
Two other Big 12 teams are ranked, with Texas at No. 15 and TCU at No. 20.
The SEC has five teams in the top 10 and six teams in the poll ahead of Oklahoma State, the top Big 12 team.
No other conference has ever had six teams in the top 12.
Oregon is No. 3, followed by Stanford, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Clemson, Louisville and Florida.
Notre Dame, which hosts the Sooners on Sept. 28, is No. 14.
Baylor and Kansas State received votes.
Alabama is atop the poll for the fourth time. The Crimson Tide were also preseason No. 1 in 1966, 1978 and 2010. They won the title in 1978, losing to USC in the regular season before winning their final nine games.
Two teams have gone wire-to-wire in the poll–Florida State in 1999 and USC in 2004. The Trojans were the last team to start and finish the season No. 1.