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College Football Rankings 2011: Oklahoma Tops USA Today, AP Polls

The first 2011 preseason college football coaches poll slots the Oklahoma Sooners at No. 1, with Alabama trailing a distant second.

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The first college football rankings of the 2011 season have Oklahoma on top: the Sooners come in at No. 1 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, released Thursday.

Oklahoma received 42 first place votes, more than three times as many as second-ranked Alabama. The Sooners return Heisman Trophy candidate Landry Jones, trusty receiver Ryan Broyles, and a slew of talented defenders, and will be hunting for their second national championship under Bob Stoops, who is 2-5 in BCS bowl games since coaching the Sooners to a BCS national championship in 2000.

The Crimson Tide, Oregon, LSU, and Florida State round out the top five.

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Full poll is as follows (first-place votes in parentheses):

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

For other schools receiving votes, see USA Today