The Oklahoma Sooners will start the 2011 college football season ranked No. 1 in both major polls.
Recent history suggests the Sooners won't finish there after the Jan. 9 Allstate BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans.
The Sooners, who went 12-2 and won a Big 12 championship last season, received 36 of 60 first-place votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Saturday. Oklahoma was a more overwhelming choice in the USA Today coaches' poll released earlier this month, hauling in 42 of 59 first-place votes.
The Sooners, who bring back eight starters on offense and seven on defense, open the season against Tulsa on Sept. 3.
"If we're the No. 1 team in the country, we need to play like the No. 1 team in the country," said Sooners quarterback Landry Jones.