Head Coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Head Coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners meet before the game November 24, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State …
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The preseason USA Today coaches' poll has the Cowboys at No.14 and the Sooners at an unfamiliar ranking of No.16.
For the first time since 2000, the Sooners are ranked outside the top 10 in the poll.
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Stoops may not mind being excluded from the top 10 knowing in 2000 the Sooners hoisted the crystal ball and the National Championship after a preseason ranking of No.20.
The Cowboys are the highest ranked team in the Big 12 at No.14. OSU has cracked the top 25 in four of the past five seasons.
The Big 12 had two other teams represented in the top 25 with Texas at No. 15 and TCU at No.20. For the first time in Big 12 history, the conference did not have a school ranked in top 10.
Defending national champion Alabama grabbed the top spot in the poll. Five of the top 10 teams are representatives from the Southeastern Conference.
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