Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Leads Four Big 12 Schools Ranked In Initial Coaches Poll

M. Hofeld

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The polls are starting to roll out and Oklahoma finds itself in a favorable position once again. The Sooners made their debut at #6 in the initial USA Today Coaches Poll released on Thursday. Just barely behind defending national champion LSU, Oklahoma is also looking up at #4 Georgia, #3 Alabama, #2 Ohio State and #1 Clemson.

The Sooners are one of four Big 12 programs ranked in the Top 25 and the only one in the Top 10. Texas checks in at #14, Oklahoma State is #16, and Iowa State rounds out the poll at #25. Of those three, I think Oklahoma State has the strongest argument to be higher. The Cowboys are loaded with offensive skill position players, led by Heisman candidate Chuba Hubbard, and should be a better defensive team in 2020.

My initial feeling is that Oklahoma is right where it needs to be. The Sooners are breaking in a new quarterback and also have a young crop of receivers stepping into the spotlight. LSU ousted OU, in a big way, from last year’s College Football Playoff and while I expect the Tigers to take more than just one step backwards this fall, I can’t really complain about the defending national champions starting at #5.

Coaches Poll

RKTEAMRECPTSTREND
1Clemson(38)0-01589NR
2Ohio State(17)0-01555NR
3Alabama(4)0-01495NR
4Georgia0-01345NR
5LSU0-01330NR
6Oklahoma0-01315NR
7Penn State0-01199NR
8Florida0-01176NR
9Oregon0-01164NR
10Notre Dame0-01012NR
11Auburn0-0898NR
12Wisconsin0-0887NR
13Texas A&M0-0807NR
14Texas0-0703NR
15Michigan0-0687NR
16Oklahoma State0-0524NR
17USC0-0521NR
18Minnesota0-0494NR
19North Carolina0-0415NR
20Utah0-0241NR
21UCF0-0232NR
22Cincinnati0-0229NR
23Iowa0-0204NR
24Virginia Tech0-0143NR
25Iowa State0-0135NR

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