The Norman Transcript

January 7, 2014

Sooners finish at No. 6

OU ends the season 10 spots higher than it started

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The final Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today coaches polls were released early Tuesday morning. Oklahoma finished at No. 6 in both. For the Sooners (11-2), it was their highest end-of-the-season ranking since wrapping up the 2010 season in the same position.

The final ranking also allowed OU to accomplish a rare feat for the program. It actually finished the season ranked 10 spots higher than where it began in the preseason.

The last time OU managed due something even close to that was the 2000 national championship season.

“It feels good, but I have more to come,” OU coach Bob Stoops said last week.

Expectations will be high for the 2014 season. The Sooners have won three previous BCS bowl games under Stoops (2000, 2002 and 2010). They started the 2003 and 2011 seasons ranked No. 1 in both major polls.

OU football beat writer John Shinn's final AP Top 25 ballot

1. Florida State

2. Auburn

3. Michigan State

4. South Carolina

5. Oklahoma

6. Missouri

7. Clemson

8. Alabama

9. Oregon

10. Central Florida

11. Stanford

12. Ohio State

13. Oklahoma State

14. Baylor

15. UCLA

16. LSU

17. Louisville

18. Texas A&M

19. Duke

20. Wisconsin

21. Notre Dame

22. Arizona State

23. USC

24. Vanderbilt

25. Nebraska