That year, the BCS National Championship Game was at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, the same location where the 2012 title game is set to take place.
OU snagged 42 of 59 total first place votes and 1,454 points overall in the poll.
"It's an honor to be ranked No. 1 any time, but we understand that the preseason ranking means very little compared with what it will mean months from now," said OU head coach Bob Stoops. "Like a lot of other teams, we face the challenge of preparing for a difficult schedule. Our aspirations are clear in that we want to compete for the national championship and we're flattered to be considered by others as a program that has an opportunity to reach that goal."
The next closest team is Alabama, who received 13 first place votes and 1,414 points as the preseason No. 2 team in the nation.
Florida State, coming off its 10-4 season, notched a spot in the Top Five with 1,116 points.
The SEC, winners of five straight national titles, has eight in the poll.
The 2011 season begins Sept. 1 with four games, and OU opens up the year at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 against Tulsa.