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Oklahoma Sooners No. 1 in Coaches Poll; Complete Results

| by Alex Groberman

The Oklahoma Sooners head into the 2011 college football season as the No. 1 ranked team in the USA Today Coaches Poll. This poll counts for one-third of the real standings, the BCS rankings which are scheduled to be released on October 16.

"It's an honor to be ranked No. 1 any time, but we understand that the preseason ranking means very little compared with what it will mean months from now," said Sooners head coach Bob Stoops.

Oklahoma earned the top spot with 1,454 points and 42 first place votes. Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide earned the No. 2 overall spot in the preseason rankings with 1,414 points and 13 first-place votes.

Oregon, who lost to Auburn in the 2010 national championship game rounded out the top three, followed by the LSU Tigers in fourth place.

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After the departure of Cam Newton and Nick Fairley, the defending champions come into 2011 ranked No. 19th – the lowest such ranking for a team that won a title in the previous year since the poll’s inception in 1991.

The college football season is set to begin on Thursday, September 1.

Check out the full top 25 below (via Fox Sports):

1. Oklahoma (42)

2. Alabama (13)

3. Oregon (2)

4. LSU (2)

5. Florida State

6. Stanford

7. Boise State

8. Oklahoma State

9. Texas A&M

10. Wisconsin

11. Nebraska

12. South Carolina

13. Virginia Tech

14. Arkansas

15. TCU

16. Ohio State

17. Michigan State

18. Notre Dame

19. Auburn

20. Mississippi State

21. Missouri

22. Georgia

23. Florida

24. Texas

25. Penn State

Others receiving votes Arizona State (6-6) 158; West Virginia (9-4) 149; Utah (10-3) 50; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 49; Iowa (8-5) 41; Northwestern (7-6) 30; Arizona (7-6) 28; Central Florida (11-3) 22; Michigan (7-6) 19; Air Force (9-4) 15; North Carolina (8-5) 14; Houston (5-7) 13; South Florida (8-5) 9; Hawaii (10-4) 8; Clemson (6-7) 7; Tennessee (6-7) 7; Southern Miss (8-5) 6; Brigham Young (7-6) 5; North Carolina State (9-4) 4; Northern Illinois (11-3) 4; Oregon State (5-7) 4; Pittsburgh (8-5) 3; Washington (7-6) 3; Georgia Tech (6-7) 1; Nevada (13-1) 1.