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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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And only once since 2000 have the Sooners finished the season ranked better in the coaches' poll than in the preseason. The 2010 team that was ranked No. 8 in the preseason finished No. 6.

In its national championship season, the Sooners were ranked No. 20 in the preseason poll.

Of the top five most overrated teams according to Pollspeak, four are ranked to start the season — USC (24), Georgia (5) and Nebraska (18). Virginia Tech received votes.

Each of the last two seasons, Oklahoma entered the season in the top four before finishing No. 15.

The 16th spot in the preseason poll hasn't been kind recently. In the last 10 seasons, only twice has the preseason No. 16 finished higher in the final poll — Boise State (No. 4 in 2009) and LSU (No. 10 in 2010).

Five times in the last decade, the preseason No. 16 team has finished unranked.

The Sooners, who started practice Thursday morning, start the season Aug. 31 at home against Louisiana-Monroe.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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