NEW YORK -- Oklahoma is the preseason No. 1 in the USA Today coaches' poll.

The Sooners received 42 of 59 first-place votes to easily outpoint No. 2 Alabama, which received 13 first-place votes. Oregon, which lost last season's BCS championship game, is third and LSU is fourth.

The Ducks and Tigers will open the season against each other on Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They each received two first-place votes in the coaches' poll.

Florida State is fifth, followed by Stanford, Boise State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

Defending national champion Auburn starts the season ranked 19th in the coaches' poll.

After a tumultuous offseason, Ohio State is ranked 16th. Notre Dame is No. 18.

USA TODAY COACHES' POLL
Rank School (first-place votes) 2010 Record Points Final 2010 Ranking
1 Oklahoma (42) 12-2 1,454 6
2 Alabama (13) 10-3 1,414 11
3 Oregon (2) 12-1 1,309 3
4 LSU (2) 11-2 1,296 T8
5 Florida State 10-4 1,116 16
6 Stanford 12-1 1,101 4
7 Boise State 12-1 1,065 7
8 Oklahoma State 11-2 933 10
9 Texas A&M 9-4 885 21
10 Wisconsin 11-2 829 T8
11 Nebraska 10-4 814 19
12 South Carolina 9-5 779 22
13 Virginia Tech 11-3 767 15
14 Arkansas 10-3 750 12
15 TCU 13-0 687 2
16 Ohio State 12-1 631 5
17 Michigan State 11-2 536 14
18 Notre Dame 8-5 440 NR
19 Auburn 14-0 329 1
20 Mississippi State 9-4 301 17
21 Missouri 10-3 266 18
22 Georgia 6-7 260 NR
23 Florida 8-5 240 NR
24 Texas 5-7 162 NR
25 Penn State 7-6 161 NR

Others receiving votes: Arizona State (6-6) 158; West Virginia (9-4) 149; Utah (10-3) 50; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 49; Iowa (8-5) 41; Northwestern (7-6) 30; Arizona (7-6) 28; Central Florida (11-3) 22; Michigan (7-6) 19; Air Force (9-4) 15; North Carolina (8-5) 14; Houston (5-7) 13; South Florida (8-5) 9; Hawaii (10-4) 8; Clemson (6-7) 7; Tennessee (6-7) 7; Southern Miss (8-5) 6; Brigham Young (7-6) 5; North Carolina State (9-4) 4; Northern Illinois (11-3) 4; Oregon State (5-7) 4; Pittsburgh (8-5) 3; Washington (7-6) 3; Georgia Tech (6-7) 1; Nevada (13-1) 1.