Yesterday the preseason All-Big 12 teams were announced, and today its the Big 12 preseason poll as voted on by the media.
It comes really as no surprise that Oklahoma once again tops the list at #1, as they look to win the conference for the sixth consecutive year.
For a full breakdown on Oklahoma topping the preseason poll once again, Ryan Chapman has that here:
As for this article, here is the full poll with some quick thoughts on each team’s placement:
1) Oklahoma Sooners
This is completely expected.
The Sooners flat out run the conference right now, and are widely looked at as a College Football Playoff contender once again with yet another Heisman-contending quarterback
When you have won the conference five years in a row, you are going to get the benefit of the doubt every single time until you are knocked off.
OU is without debate the favorites in the Big 12 once again in 2020.
2) Oklahoma State Cowboys
This does come as small surprise – at least to me.
I voted Texas as the number two team in the conference, just ahead of the Cowboys.
But, while it is somewhat unexpected to a degree, it is mostly hard to argue with.
OSU has a fantastic trio of Spencer Sanders, Tylan Wallace, and Chuba Hubbard that looks to make fireworks on the scoreboard in Stillwater all season long.
This is a huge year for Mike Gundy and the Pokes, and this ranking just adds some more pressure for Oklahoma State to step up in a big way in 2020.
3) Texas Longhorns
Is this finally the year Sam Ehlinger lives up to expectations and leads Texas to the promise land?
The Big 12 media seem to not think so, generally, as the Longhorns are placed behind both Oklahoma schools.
To me, Texas and Oklahoma State is a coin flip. I had Texas at #2 but I could be convinced the Cowboys are better on paper just as easily.
Similar to Mike Gundy and OSU, this is a really big year for Ehlinger, Tom Herman and Texas.
They are desperate to find a way to end Oklahoma’s reign in the Big 12, maybe this year will be the year it finally happens.
4) Iowa State Cyclones
The Big 12 has a pretty clear “Big 3” of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas this upcoming season.
But Iowa State is definitely expected to be the best of the rest.
I am a huge Matt Campbell fan, and I still (perhaps foolishly) believe Brock Purdy is a quarterback that can lead the Cyclones to some serious success.
I bought in to Iowa State last year and they didn’t really live up to expectations – well, I am doing it again.
I like ISU in the four spot here, and they are a dark horse team to make a run to the Big 12 Championship Game if things break their way.
5) Baylor Bears
This is a fair ranking for Baylor, as the Bears have a lot to replace from 2019 – headlined of course by their head coach Matt Rhule.
Dave Aranda steps into a program that has players there, and Baylor has a reasonable chance to be a team toward the top of the conference again in 2020.
But the big question has to be Charlie Brewer’s health, as he has been generally unable to stay on the field throughout his career.
The Bears had Oklahoma on the ropes twice last year, but really ended the season with a dud in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia.
Right in the middle of the pack is where Baylor belongs, for now.
6) TCU Horned Frogs
I have to be honest, no team in the conference is harder to get a gauge on for me than TCU.
I put TCU right here, at #6, really mostly because they return their quarterback and I generally trust Gary Patterson to have a team that is ready to compete with just about anyone.
This team will likely be similar to last year’s – hang around the middle of the conference and have a good shot to come up a bite somebody along the way.
Last year it was an upset of Texas, can they do that again or get one against either of the Oklahoma schools this time around?
7) Kansas State Wildcats
Keep your eye on the Kansas State Wildcats in the years ahead.
I like Chris Klieman a lot, as the dude flat out dominated the FCS level at North Dakota State in his time there.
He will get the Wildcats where they need to be very soon – and the 2020 version of KSU could be a team that sneaks up on some people.
They are a very similar threat as TCU in the conference in the sense that they will probably hang around the middle of the pack most of the year, but can undoubtedly beat anyone on any given weekend.
I mean, we all watched that Oklahoma game last year, right?
8) West Virginia Mountaineers
Neal Brown is a good coach, and I do think he will get West Virginia back toward the top of this conference sooner rather than later – but it is hard to totally expect them to be much more than 7th or perhaps 6th at best in the league this year.
There are some solid players residing in Morgantown right now, and Brown is a guy who will get the most out of his roster.
The program just needs more time, simple as that.
9) Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech is in a weird transition period where they are kind of hard to figure out.
The days of the Mike Leach/Kliff Kingsbury “throw it 70 times” offense is really gone as they ushered in new era with Matt Wells last season.
Similar to West Viriginia, the program just needs some more time.
Lubbock is one of the more underrated home field advantages in the country, and it will always be a tough spot to go to for a higher-ranked team.
Just circle when Oklahoma heads there this season, for instance.
The Red Raiders probably won’t win very many Big 12 games this year, but they can hang around most anyone when the game is played at Jones AT&T Stadium.
10) Kansas Jayhawks
Les Miles certainly improved the Jayhawks a lot in his first season in Lawrence – but no way were they not going to be picked to be the bottom-dweller in the conference once again.
There is a chance that KU wins some games this year to get themselves off that 10th spot, though.
Kansas features one of the very best running backs in the country in preseason All-Big 12’er Pooka Williams Jr.
Add him to the fact that it is Les Miles’ second year at the helm…maybe Kansas can avoid finishing in last place for the first time since 2014.
And there you have it, the 2020 Big 12 preseason poll.
Football season is right around the corner…or so we hope.
Big 12 Media Days will be the next thing on the schedule for the conference now, which was postponed until August 3rd.
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