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What History Says About OSU’s Preseason Coaches Poll Ranking

OSU more often finishes the season ranked lower in the Coaches Poll than when it began.

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Oklahoma State came in at No. 22 on Tuesday in the preseason edition of the Coaches Poll, and if history tells us anything, it’s that … it might not portend well for the Pokes in 2021.

Only five times since Mike Gundy took over the program in 2005 has OSU finished a season ranked higher than when it began the season in the Coaches Poll, according to the poll’s online database. Three of those five occurrences came in the first seven seasons, including OSU’s 2011 conference title-winning seasons.

The other two times came in 2015 — when OSU began the season unranked and finished No. 19 — and in 2016 — when OSU began the season ranked No. 19 and finished No. 11. In nine seasons OSU finished worse or the same in the rankings than when it began the season, and in two years, OSU started in the poll and finished unranked.

YEARPRESEASONPOSTSEASON
202122?
20201619
20194141
201825NR
20171114
20161911
20152819
20143039
20131417
20121929
201183
20103910
20091125
20085218
200740NR
2006NRNR
2005NRNR

This is straight from the “probably means absolutely nothing” department, but should nonetheless be said here: This probably means absolutely nothing. Historically, though, OSU has finished worse in the Coaches Poll than when it started the season, which makes its No. 22 preseason ranking pretty interesting. If OSU hits the over on its season-long win total set by Vegas of 7.5, then there’s a good chance the Pokes can buck history and finish their season ranked higher than where they began.

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