Oklahoma No. 1 in preseason coaches’ poll

Oklahoma is the preseason No. 1 in the USA Today coaches’


The Sooners received 42 of 59 first-place votes to easily

outpoint No. 2 Alabama, which received 13 first-place votes.

Oregon, which lost last season’s BCS championship game, is third

and LSU is fourth.

The Ducks and Tigers will open the season against each other at

Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 3 in Arlington, Texas. They each received

two first-place votes in the coaches’ poll.

Florida State is fifth, followed by Stanford, Boise State,

Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

Defending national champion Auburn starts the season ranked 19th

in the coaches’ poll.

After a tumultuous offseason, Ohio State is ranked 16th. Notre

Dame is No. 18.