Oklahoma No. 6 in final football poll

January 16, 2014

After an upset win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma ended the year ranked No. 6 in the nation.

The Sooners went 11-2 and finished second (7-2) in the Big 12 behind Baylor.

This is the highest poll finish for OU since being No. 6 in 2010. OU teams coached by Bob Stoops have finished in the Top 10 nine times in his 15-year tenure.

OU went 3-1 against ranked opponents in the final polls, beating Alabama, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame but losing to Baylor.

The Oklahoma State football team was voted as the No. 17 team in the country in the final USA Today Coaches Poll and Associated Press Poll released, marking the fourth time in the past six years the Cowboys have finished the season in the top 20 of those polls.

OSU was 1-2 against ranked opponents in the final polls, beating Baylor but losing to OU and Missouri.

The 2013 Cowboys, who ended the season 10-3 overall and 7-2 in Big 12 play, tied for second in the Big 12 standings and received a bid to play in the 78th Cotton Bowl, falling to SEC runner-up Missouri.

It marked the third time in the past four years the Cowboys have won at least 10 games. Prior to coach Mike Gundy taking the helm, OSU had three 10-win seasons in 102 seasons of football – 1984, 1987 and 1988. Gundy quarterbacked the 1987 and 1988 squads.

The Cowboys reached as high as No. 6 in the rankings and the BCS Standings entering the final regular season game of 2013. OSU has reached the top 10 in the BCS Standings four of the past six seasons and the top 15 in five of the past six seasons.

Oklahoma State returns to AT&T Stadium, the location of the Cotton Bowl, Aug. 30 for the 2014 season-opener against defending national champion Florida State in the 2014 Cowboys Classic.

Preseason polls already have OU ranked as high as No. 4 while OSU, with heavy graduation losses, is ranked as high as 19.

USA Today Poll – Final

1. Florida State (59) – 1475

2. Auburn – 1388

3. Michigan State – 1375

4. South Carolina – 1219

5. Missouri – 1200

6. Oklahoma – 1189

7. Clemson – 1091

8. Alabama – 1086

9. Oregon – 975

10. Ohio State – 872

17. Oklahoma State – 587