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2021 Preseason Big 12 Poll: Oklahoma Sooners Picked to Win Conference

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Heartland College Sports enters Year 8 covering the Big 12 Conference and as we get ready for another season where every program believes it can have a magical season, the HCS staff has picked the Oklahoma Sooners to win a seventh-straight Big 12 Conference title.

Lincoln Riley begins his fifth season with the Sooners and knows nothing other than winning Big 12 titles, which he’s won four of in four seasons in the job. And this 2021 team may be his most complete team yet. By our predictions, Oklahoma will face Iowa State in a rematch of the 2020 Big 12 Conference Championship Game when the two teams met at AT&T Stadium and the Sooners edged out a 27-21 victory.


But the race from No. 3 to No. 6 was close, with TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas and West Virginia all within six votes of each other, once again showcasing the depth of the Big 12 Conference. The Kansas State Wildcats were the consensus pick at No. 7, as were the Baylor Bears coming in at No. 8, Texas Tech in the No. 9 spot and then Kansas at 10.

2021 Preseason Big 12 Football Heartland College Sports Poll

  1. Oklahoma Sooners
  2. Iowa State Cyclones
  3. TCU Horned Frogs
  4. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  5. Texas Longhorns
  6. West Virginia Mountaineers
  7. Kansas State Wildcats
  8. Baylor Bears
  9. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  10. Kansas Jayhawks
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