Oklahoma State is ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press’ top 25 preseason poll, which was released Monday.
It’s the first time the Cowboys are ranked in the preseason top 25 poll since 2017 when they were No. 10 and finished the season 10-3 after defeating No. 22 Virginia Tech 30-21 in the Camping World Bowl. OSU received voting points each of the past two seasons with 51 in 2018 and three in 2019.
The AP Top 25 poll does include nine teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12, which both canceled their games for the season because the coronavirus pandemic. The AP said those teams will be ineligible for votes once games begin. Another set of rankings could come out this spring, if games happen then, too.
Big Ten: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 16 Michigan, No. 19 Michigan, No. 24 Iowa
Pac-12: No. 9 Oregon, No. 17 USC, No. 22 Utah
If you take out the four teams listed above that ranked ahead of the Cowboys, OSU is actually No. 11.
Big 12 teams will play one non-conference game and nine conference games this season. OSU will kick off its season with two home games at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. The Cowboys face in-state foe Tulsa on Sept. 12 then have a bye week before they start conference play against West Virginia on Sept. 26.
What other Big 12 programs are in the top 25 or receiving votes?
No. 14 Texas
No. 23 Iowa State
Baylor — 15 voting points
TCU — 9 voting points
AP Top 25 Preseason Poll
- Ohio State*
- Penn State*
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina
- Iowa State
Others receiving votes:
Memphis 86, Virginia Tech 85, Boise State 68, Arizona State 66, Miami (FL) 42, Louisville 32, Appalachian State 26, Washington 21, Kentucky 20, Indiana 19, Baylor 15, California 11, TCU 9, Virginia 7, Navy 6, Florida State 6, SMU 3, Mississippi State 3, Air Force 3, Northwestern 1, UAB 1