TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Sooners are once again considered among the college football elite, coming in at No. 3 in the USA preseason USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll released Tuesday.
The Sooners, coming off their sixth consecutive Big 12 championship, is entering the 2021-22 season ranked eighth or higher in the preseason coaches poll for the 19th time in the last 21 seasons.
OU is the only team outside of No. 1 Alabama to receive first-place votes (two) despite still falling behind No. 2 Clemson in the poll.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys come in ranked No. 22 after earning an 8-3 regular-season record last season and a win in the Cheez-It Bowl over Miami.
The Cowboys have been ranked in the preseason Top-25 coaches poll in five of the last six and eight of the last 11 years.
Oklahoma is the preseason pick to win the Big 12 by the media.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane received six votes but didn't make the Top-25.
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