Oklahoma remains No. 1 in USA Today/ESPN coaches poll

Updated: August 24, 2003, 12:28 PM ET

ARLINGTON, Virginia - Defending champion Ohio State's troubles have given reigning Big 12 Conference winner Oklahoma a bigger lead in the USA Today/ESPN football coaches poll released Sunday morning.

Ohio State (0-0), which captured its first national title since 1968 with an epic 31-24 double overtime victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl, will be without star running back Maurice Clarett due to "multi-game suspension" for violating NCAA rules and giving false statements to campus police.

The Buckeyes lost five first-place votes to drop their total to 23 and 1,477 points, good for second place in the nationwide poll of Division I-A coaches. They open their season on August 30 against Washington.

Oklahoma (0-0), which finished fifth in last year's final poll after beating Washington State in the Rose Bowl, received 37 of 63 first-place votes and 1,529 points.

The top 10 remained the same as the preseason poll.

Miami (0-0), whose 34-game winning streak was snapped in the loss to Ohio State, claimed two first-place ballots - down from five - and 1,471 points.

The other first-place vote went to No. 6 Auburn (0-0), which sits behind Texas (0-0) and Kansas State (1-0) in the top five. The fifth-ranked Wildcats opened the season Saturday with a 42-28 victory over California in the Black Coaches Association Classic.

Southern California (0-0), Michigan (0-0), defending SEC champion Georgia (0-0) and Virginia Tech (0-0) complete the top 10.

The second 10 features Florida State (0-0), Pittsburgh (0-0), North Carolina State (0-0), Maryland (0-0), LSU (0-0) at the top.

Tennessee (0-0) is ranked at No. 16, followed by Virginia (0-0), Notre Dame (0-0), Washington (0-0), and Wisconsin (0-0).

Completing the poll are Florida (0-0), Purdue (0-0), Arizona State (0-0), Oklahoma State (0-0) and Iowa (0-0). Iowa comes in at No. 25 to replace Colorado State and Penn State, who dropped out.

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