While it’s a fair assessment to assume that most Big 12 coaches tune out preseason rankings, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has made it clear that he has zero interest in conversations surrounding media polls and rankings.
Gundy spoke to KOCO-TV’s Bryan Keating at Oklahoma State’s open practice on Wednesday and put to bed any questions regarding rankings saying, “Here’s the good news about the Big 12, nobody knows what’s going to happen.”
Gundy’s full comments read, “Here’s the good news about the Big 12, nobody knows what’s going to happen in this league. And I’ve said this a number of years, the parity in this conference, and it’s even grown more now with the new teams coming in. With the Big 12, you just look over the history, you know, three-four-five years, it’s pretty much anybody’s game.”
The Cowboys were recently picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 Conference in the recent preseason media poll, and while there have been some elements of accuracy on the list in the past, both teams that played in last year’s championship game were picked to finish sixth or worse in the poll by members of the media.
Gundy enters the 2023 season with a new quarterback under center in Michigan transfer Alan Bowman, and while the squad did lose a chunk of players from the previous year in the transfer portal, if there’s anyone who can use media disrespect as a motivator, it’s Mike Gundy.