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Big 12 Preseason Media Poll Released, Sooners Check In At A Somewhat Surprising No. 2

Tom Pennington

Following Wednesday's of the preseason All-Big 12 team, the Big 12 Conference released the media's preseason poll Thursday morning. Prior to its release, there was a decent amount of speculation surrounding which team would come out on top. There are as many as five, possibly six, teams that have a legitimate chance of winning the league so there was no shortage of options with respect to predicting the eventual winner.

Oklahoma State enters the 2013 season as the preseason favorite after receiving the most first place votes (15) as well as total vote points (365).

Oklahoma checks in at a somewhat surprising second with eight first place votes. We say somewhat surprising because the Sooners are in a reload/rebuild (depending on your perspective) mode and have a number of questions surrounding this year's squad.

The top five, in order, are rounded out by: TCU (nine first place votes, but fewer overall points which is why Oklahoma is technically listed higher), Texas (eight first place votes), and Baylor (two first place votes).

After being predicted to finish sixth this time last year and then winning the Big 12, Kansas State is again in the No. 6 spot though they did receive one first place vote.

Texas Tech, West Virginia, Iowa State, and Kansas close out the poll.

2013 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll

1. Oklahoma State (15) 365
2. Okahoma (8) 355
3. TCU (9) 347
4. Texas (8) 337
5. Baylor (2) 282
6. K-State (1) 240
7. Texas Tech 161
8. West Virginia 126
9. Iowa State 96
10. Kansas 56

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