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August 1, 2013

OSU No. 14, Sooners No. 16 in coaches poll

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State is No. 14 and Oklahoma comes in at No. 16 in the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll.

The Cowboys are followed by Texas at No. 15 in the poll released on Thursday. TCU, the only other Big 12 team in the poll, came in at No. 20.

Defending national champion Alabama was the No. 1 team in the coaches’ preseason poll.

The Crimson Tide were an overwhelming choice, receiving 58 of 62 first-place votes. Ohio State was second and received three first-place votes. Oregon is No. 3, Stanford is 4, Georgia is five and No. 6 Texas A&M received the other first-place vote.

Half the top 10 is from the Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven national championships. The SEC has a total of six teams in the top 25. The Big Ten and Pac-12 each had five teams in the poll, followed by the Big 12 with four and the ACC with two.

South Carolina is No. 7 and Florida is No. 10. No. 8 Clemson and No. 9 Louisville round out the top 10. No. 12 LSU gives the SEC six teams in the top 25.

Notre Dame, which lost the BCS title game 42-14 to Alabama last season, is No. 11.

USA Today Top 25 Poll

The USA Today Top 25 football coaches preseason poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012 records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and ranking in final 2012 poll:

            Record    Pts    Pvs

 1. Alabama (58)    13-1    1,545    1

 2. Ohio State (3)    12-0    1,427    NR

 3. Oregon    12-1    1,397    2

 4. Stanford    12-2    1,262    6

 5. Georgia    12-2    1,250    4

 6. Texas A&M (1)    11-2    1,215    5

 7. South Carolina    11-2    1,136    7

 8. Clemson    11-2    1,047    9

 9. Louisville    11-2    1,010    13

10. Florida    11-2    930    10

11. Notre Dame    12-1    872    3

12. Florida State    12-2    844    8

13. LSU        10-3    797    12

14. Oklahoma State    8-5    726    NR

15. Texas    9-4    622    18

16. Oklahoma    10-3    620    15

17. Michigan    8-5    589    NR

18. Nebraska    10-4    426    23

19. Boise State    11-2    420    14

20. TCU        7-6    400    NR

21. UCLA    9-5    202    NR

22. Northwestern    10-3    186    16

23. Wisconsin    8-6    172    NR

24. Southern Cal    7-6    165    NR

25. Oregon State    9-4    135    19

Others receiving votes: Kansas State 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt 29; Utah State 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois 19; Tulsa 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.

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