Even with Big 12 Media Days being pushed back to August 1st, the conference decided to release the Big 12 preseason Media poll. While each of us have our own individual votes here at Heartland College Sports, it always seems like we differ a bit from the rest of the pack. However, this is the media poll which is made of up countless media members from across Big 12 country. Keep in mind, the votes in parentheses are individual first place votes.
- Oklahoma (88)
- Oklahoma State (6)
- Texas (4)
- Iowa State
- Kansas State
- West Virginia
- Texas Tech
It was clear that Oklahoma was the popular pick to win the Big 12 for the sixth year in row. Personally, I could not agree more. Until someone knocks you off the high horse, you remain there since you have earned it. As for the Sooners in-state rival, Oklahoma State was picked to meet the Sooners in the Big 12 title game.
Then there is Texas. While they received a small amount of first place votes, the Longhorns were picked third and remain on the outside looking in of the Big 12 title game. After that, the Cyclones make up the four spot and while one could argue that is a bit low, you have to respect the fact that Matt Campbell has done a tremendous job with this program that seems to be a top half team in the Big 12 after being a doormat for years.
Baylor sits at five and while they made a heck of a run to the Big 12 title game and to a Sugar Bowl, they lose a lot of veteran talent from a season ago and will not likely have a repeat performance of last season. And as crazy as it sounds, TCU was picked to finish sixth and if that holds true, it will be the third straight season of mediocre football in Fort Worth.
Going into the deeper bottom half, Kansas State is at seven and personally, I do not know of many who had the Wildcats higher than this. But hey, Chris Klieman proved everyone wrong last season and maybe he could do it again with a senior quarterback in Skylar Thompson.
Followed by Kansas State is West Virginia and Texas Tech. As the Mountaineers continue to try and build the program back up, Tech is an interesting team. If quarterback Alan Bowman can stay healthy this season, it is likely that they could move up this list. And of course, lastly is Kansas. Do I really need to explain that one?
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