Sooners picked to win fifth consecutive Big 12 title, Cowboys picked fifth

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

The Big 12 unveiled its annual preseason football poll on Wednesday, and neither K-State nor KU was predicted to contend for a conference championship.

Kansas last picked up more than one conference victory in a season in 2008, when the Jayhawks finished 4-4 in conference action and still had Mark Mangino as their head coach and Todd Reesing as their quarterback.

Four offensive starters are back in 2019, including preseason All-Big 12 picks Grant Calcaterra (tight end), Creed Humphrey (offensive lineman) and CeeDee Lamb (wide receiver). The top two teams will meet in the conference championship game on December 7. Texas (9) - 696 3. On defense, West Virginia ranks eighth in the league in the percentage of tackles returning from last season.

Here's the full poll, with first-place votes in parentheses. The game will feature the top two finishers in the league standings. It's been a long time since K-State began a season with such low expectations in its own conference.

Well, it looks like the Frogs will be trying to prove people wrong this season. All of this media speculation for this conference dropped just days ahead of the start of the Big 12 Media Days.

The Oklahoma Sooners are projected to win the conference for the fifth consecutive season.

Lincoln Riley's Sooners, who went 12-2 each of the last two seasons while making College Football Playoff appearances, and who have posted an 18-2 record against Big 12 opponents during that period, garnered 68 of the poll's 77 first-place votes.

The Longhorns were followed by Iowa State, TCU, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas State and Kansas.

The bottom four teams in this year's poll all have first-year head coaches. Coming off of a 10-win season and Sugar Bowl win over the Georgia Bulldogs the media still sees the Sooners as the team to beat in the Big 12.

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