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Four Big 12 Teams Among Athlon Sports Preseason Top 25

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It’s almost July, which means that college football preseason polls are going to start popping up to stir excitement for the 2023 season.

Athlon Sports, one of the mainstays in the college football preseason magazine industry, recently released its Preseason Top 25 Poll, with four Big 12 teams making the list.

Leading the way at No. 11 is Texas, which is widely considered the favorite to win the Big 12 in 2023. The Longhorns haven’t won the conference since 2009, but Steve Sarkisian has plenty of pieces returning from an 8-5 squad last year that was just one win away from playing in the title game.

 

Coming in at No. 16 is Oklahoma, who is coming off their worst season since before the turn of the century. A 6-7 record certainly wasn’t what Brent Venables had in mind for his first year as a head coach, but a completely retooled roster along with the return of Dillon Gabriel gives the Sooners hope for a big turnaround in 2023.

Two spots behind the Sooners at No. 18 is Kansas State, who is coming off a Big 12 Championship and Sugar Bowl appearance in 2022. After a 10-4 season, Chris Klieman’s group has high expectations but will have to replace Deuce Vaughn and Felix Anudike-Uzomah. With an entire offensive line returning, as well as quarterback Will Howard, there’s plenty of confidence that K-State can defend its title.

The final Big 12 team to make Athlon Sports’ Preseason Top 25 is TCU, who comes in at No. 23. The Horned Frogs went 13-2 in 2022, landing them in the national championship game against Georgia. Despite that game not going how they’d hoped, TCU enters the 2023 season with plenty to be excited about. If Chandler Morris can replace Max Duggan’s production and leadership, the Horned Frogs should be formidable yet again.

 

Here’s a look at the remainder of Athlon’s Top 25.

RankTeam
1Georgia
2Michigan
3Alabama
4USC
5Ohio State
6LSU
7Florida State
8Penn State
9Washington
10Utah
11Texas
12Clemson
13Oregon
14Notre Dame
15Tennessee
16Oklahoma
17Wisconsin
18Kansas State
19Oregon State
20Texas A&M
21Ole Miss
22Tulane
23TCU
24UCLA
25North Carolina

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