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2011 AP Preseason College Football Poll: A&M Cracks Top 10, Texas Unranked

Will the Sooners be able to live up to the number one ranking?

With only 12 days remaining until college football officially begins, the Associated Press released their first preseason poll yesterday afternoon.

Without any further ado..

1. Oklahoma (36)
2. Alabama (17)
3. Oregon (4)
4. LSU (1)
5. Boise State (2)
6. Florida State
7. Stanford
8. Texas A&M
9. Oklahoma State
10. Nebraska
11. Wisconsin
12. South Carolina
13. Virginia Tech
14. TCU
15. Arkansas
16. Notre Dame
17. Michigan State
18. Ohio State
19. Georgia
20. Mississippi State
21. Missouri
22. Florida
23. Auburn
24. West Virginia
25. USC

Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners were already ranked number one in the USA Today Coaches Poll as the preseason hype surrounding their program continues to build. Because Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles are both returning to lead the Sooners' high-octane offense, it makes sense that they are the preseason #1.

Alabama, Oregon, LSU, Boise State were the other schools that received first place votes, rounding out the top five in this early poll.

The Big 12 was well-represented with three schools in the top ten (#8 Texas A&M and #9 Oklahoma State), and Nebraska is ranked #10 to begin their first season in the Big Ten.

You have to go all the way back to 1998 to find the last time that the Texas Longhorns were not ranked in the preseason Top 25.

SB Nation College Football will have you covered throughout the season.

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