Big 12: Associated Press preseason poll
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
As promised, here are a few tidbits about the Big 12 teams that were ranked in the preseason Associated Press poll released earlier today.
Texas: Ranked at No.2, the Longhorns return to the top 10 after starting the season No. 11 last season. It's the Longhorns highest ranking since starting the 2005 season in the second slot. As all Longhorns' fans remember, that was the last time that Texas won the national championship.
Texas' 2009 ranking also represents the ninth time in the last 10 seasons that Texas started the season in the top 10. And it also extends the Longhorns' current streak of being ranked in preseason polls to 11 -- longest in school history.
Oklahoma: The Sooners' No. 3 ranking is their highest in the preseason since checking in at No. 2 in 2004. It's also their ninth-straight season in the preseason top 10. The last time the Sooners weren't in the top 10 in the preseason was in 2000, when they were 19th. And as all Sooner fans remember, that was the season they won their last national championship.
Oklahoma State: Tied for ninth with Penn State, the Cowboys have their highest preseason ranking in school history. Their previous high came in 1985 when they were ranked 16th. It is the first time the Cowboys have been ranked in the preseason since 2003.
Nebraska: Checking in at No. 24, the Cornhuskers are ranked in the poll for the first time since 2007, when they were ranked 20th. The Cornhuskers had a record among Big 12 teams with a string of 33-straight seasons when they were ranked in the preseason top 25 from 1970 through 2002.
Kansas: The Jayhawks are ranked No. 25, marking the second-straight season they have been ranked to start the season. It marks the first time in school history that Kansas has been ranked in the preseason in back-to-back seasons.
And here's a list I came up with for Big 12 teams and the last time they were ranked in the preseason AP poll, or their streak of consecutive AP preseason rankings:
- Texas: 11 straight rankings
- Oklahoma: 10 straight rankings
- Kansas: 2 straight rankings
- Nebraska: 1 straight ranking
- Oklahoma State: 1 straight ranking
- Missouri: Last ranked in 2008 preseason poll
- Texas Tech: Last ranked in 2008 preseason poll
- Texas A&M: Last ranked in 2007 preseason poll
- Kansas State: Last ranked in 2004 preseason poll
- Colorado: Last ranked in 2002 preseason poll
- Baylor: Last ranked in 1986 preseason poll
- Iowa State: Last ranked in 1978 preseason poll