NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma was ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press preseason poll released today (August 16). The Sooners were the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 followed by No. 6 Missouri, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 14 Kansas. OU was also ranked at No. 4 in the Coaches Poll.
Oklahoma has a long and illustrious history with the Associated Press poll since the service began in 1936. The Sooners have been ranked in the top five more than any other team and ranked No. 1 for 95 weeks (tied for No. 1 with Notre Dame). OU has finished No. 1 in the final poll and crowned national champions by the wire service seven times.
OU has the most appearances at No. 1, in the Top 5 and in the Top 10 of the AP preseason poll.
Oklahoma AP Poll Notes
Oklahoma has been ranked in 68% of all weekly AP polls since 1936 -- more than half the time in the top 10 and one-third of the time in the top five. OU has been the No. 1 team in the nation in nearly 10% of the polls. Only Michigan and Notre Dame can boast of a similar sustained tradition of respect from the voters.