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John E. Hoover: Sooners heavy choice to win fourth straight Big 12 title

John E. Hoover: Sooners heavy choice to win fourth straight Big 12 title

Lincoln Riley and the Sooners are No. 1 in the Big 12 again, and the second-year coach is looking for his second Big 12 championship.

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


2018 Big 12 Preseason Media Poll

  1. Oklahoma (46) … 509

  2. West Virginia (2) … 432

  3. TCU (1) … 390

  4. Texas (1) … 370

  5. Oklahoma State … 300

  6. Kansas State (2) … 283

  7. Iowa State … 250

  8. Texas Tech … 149

  9. Baylor … 125

  10. Kansas … 52

John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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