This week, Big 12 Conference media representatives voted in the 2013 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll. These representatives picked Oklahoma State to win its second conference championship after winning its inaugural conference championship in 2011.
Six teams received first-place votes, but the Cowboys had the most with 15 first-place votes and 365 points. The eight-time conference champion Oklahoma Sooners were picked to finish second in the league, receiving eight first-place votes and 355 total points.
Coming in third-place with nine first-place votes and 347 total points is a second-year member in TCU. Following the Horned Frogs in fourth place would be Texas with eight first-place votes and 337 points.
Baylor was picked to finish in fifth-place with 282 points and two first-place votes. Kansas State came in sixth with one first-place vote and 240 points. The Wildcats shared the conference title with Oklahoma last season, but KSU got the BCS nod.
With no first-place votes, Texas Tech was picked to finish in seventh with 161 points, while West Virginia (126 points), Iowa State (96 points) and Kansas (56 points) rounded out the league.
To no surprise, West Virginia was picked to finish near the bottom of the conference at the No. 8 spot. Last season, the Mountaineers were picked to finish second in the conference behind Oklahoma. WVU even received some first-place votes in its inaugural season.
The expectations are certainly lower this year, but it’s not about where you are projected to finish in July – it’s about where you end up finishing in December.
The Mountaineers have had surprise seasons in the past and this year could be no different with the defense having another year of experience and new offensive talent added to the roster.
Last season, Kansas State was projected to finish sixth in the league, but the Wildcats were able to exceed expectations through the leadership of quarterback Collin Klein and head coach Bill Snyder.