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Friday, August 12, 2011
ESPN Preseason Power Poll: No. 1 Sooners

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


We're rolling out our preseason poll this week with five teams each day.

Here's where the Big 12 teams checked in so far.
Our poll was put together based upon ballots submitted by 25 ESPN.com college football analysts, columnists and reporters, including yours truly.

Now that our poll is finished, I'll unveil my personal top 25 ballot on the blog.

Next up is Oklahoma at No. 1.

If you drew up a prototype for a preseason No. 1, you would throw a bunch of young guys in the deep end two years earlier and let them learn to swim. They would struggle to go 8-5, and a year later they would win the (Big 12) league. And now, just look at them -- a playmaker with 24 starts at quarterback (Landry Jones), an All-America wide receiver (Ryan Broyles) and a veteran offensive line. Throw in a true freshman tailback who can contribute immediately (Brandon Williams). On defense, give yourself seven returning starters built around a pair of ballhawking linebackers (Travis Lewis, Tony Jefferson). Schedule your toughest game early (at Florida State) and your toughest conference opponent (Texas A&M) at home. That's the prototype. That, this season, is Oklahoma.
-- Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com senior writer