Can Oklahoma become the first Big 12 Conference team to win four consecutive league titles?
Media that cover the Big 12 think so.
OU received 46 of the 52 first-place votes in this year’s Big 12 preseason poll (509 of a possible 520 points) and is the runaway choice to win its fourth straight Big 12 crown.
West Virginia received two first-place votes (432 points) and is the media pick to finish second in the standings and oppose the Sooners in the Big 12 championship game.
The league is considered fairly open this season because so many teams are replacing their quarterback. WVU’s Will Grier, who was picked as the preseason offensive player of the year on Wednesday, is the Big 12’s most experienced QB.
TCU got one first-place vote (390 points) to stand third in the poll, while Texas got one first-place vote (370 points) to come in fourth.
Oklahoma State is fifth (300 points) but didn’t receive any first-place votes.
Kansas State, meanwhile, got two first-place votes (283 points) and is sixth, underlining the Big 12’s perceived parity in 2018.
Iowa State (250 points) is seventh, Texas Tech (149) eighth and Baylor (125) ninth.
Kansas got all 52 votes for 10th place and comes in last.
Big 12 Media Days will be held Monday and Tuesday at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and appears throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at johnehoover.com.
2018 Big 12 Preseason Media Poll
Oklahoma (46) … 509
West Virginia (2) … 432
TCU (1) … 390
Texas (1) … 370
Oklahoma State … 300
Kansas State (2) … 283
Iowa State … 250
Texas Tech … 149
Baylor … 125
Kansas … 52