The Sooners are followed by defending national champ Ohio State and No. 3 Miami, which won it all two seasons ago (not to mention 39 of its past 41 games). Michigan barely edged Texas for the No. 4 spot, presumably because Texas has an unproven quarterback while Wolverine QB John Navarre set school records for attempts, completions and yardage in last years 10-3 campaign.
There are three Big 12 schools in the AP Top 10, and Texas is the only one which plays the other two during the regular season. Other Big 12 schools in the preseason polls are No. 7 Kansas State (the Wildcats visit Austin on Oct. 4 and are the last team to win at DKR) and No. 24 Oklahoma State (the Horns have a scary road trip to Stillwater on Nov. 8). Conspicuously missing from the Whos Who list are Nebraska and Colorado. Meanwhile, Texas A&M faces four preseason Top 10 teams: home games against No. 5 Texas and No. 10 Pitt, plus road games at No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 9 Virginia Tech.
THE A.P. TOP TEN