OU football: Sooners ranked No. 16 in USA Today preseason coaches' poll

New quarterback, questions on defense reasons for OU's low ranking.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 1, 2013
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NORMAN — There are plenty of questions for Oklahoma entering this football season.

The Sooners are breaking in a new quarterback, and the defense loses a lot from a unit that struggled throughout the second half of last season.

That doubt is reflected in Oklahoma's ranking in the USA Today preseason coaches' poll, released Thursday.

The Sooners come in at No. 16, the first time since 2000 they start outside the top 10.

Alabama is No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia.

Six SEC teams are ranked ahead of the highest Big 12 team — Oklahoma State at No. 14. Texas (15) and TCU (20) are the only other Big 12 teams in the preseason poll.

Texas and Oklahoma are separated by just two points in the poll, 622-620.

Notre Dame, who the Sooners play Sept. 28 on the road, is No. 11.

Pollspeak.com recently named Oklahoma the most overrated major college football team from 2008-12. The site used The Associated Press preseason and final rankings to determine the rankings.

The coaches' poll shows similar value on the Sooners.

Since winning the 2000 BCS national title, the lowest OU has been rated in the preseason was No. 8 in 2007 and 2010.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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