Oklahoma football made AP Poll history in 2016-2017.
The Oklahoma Sooners finished the season as hot as any team in the country, crushing Auburn in the Sugar Bowl for their 10th straight victory. In the process, they made AP Poll history.
Oklahoma, according to the AP’s Ralph D. Russo, became the first team to start the season ranked in the top five, fall out of the rankings completely, and finish the season ranked in the top five.
Remember, Oklahoma, after losses to both Houston and Ohio State, was not ranked after the third week of the season.
Oklahoma became the first team since the AP poll expanded to 25 in 1989 to start Top 5, fall out of rankings, and then finish Top 5.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 11, 2017
Oklahoma was ranked No. 3 in the preseason and finished up No. 5 after the Sugar Bowl win.
Heading into 2017, Oklahoma will be highly ranked yet again. A trip to Ohio State on September 9 will likely determine whether the Sooners become a national title contender.