The Norman Transcript

August 16, 2013

Low ranking could be good OU's best omen

AP voters traditionally hold Sooners in high regard

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The preseason Associated Press Top 25 will be released Saturday. For the first time since 2000, Oklahoma will likely not be ranked in the top 10 to start the season.

That could be a good omen for the Sooners. They started the season ranked No. 19 and then went 13-0 en route to the school’s seventh national championship.

However, being ranked outside the top 10 is very rare for OU. Since 1950, the Sooners have been ranked in 54 of 63 the preseason polls. Only Ohio State (59) has made more appearances.

OU’s average rank in those preseason polls: 6.37. It’s the highest average ranking of any program over that span.