NORMAN, Okla. — Another day, another Sooner player to watch; the Jim Thorpe Association Friday…
This year's Big 12 Football Preseason poll has been released, and OU is predicted to win its eighth Big 12 Championship.
The Sooners received 32 of 41 total first place votes and 396 points overall to get the top spot, while West Virginia snagged seven to sit in second with 339 points.
There was a drop off from there, with Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU rounding out the top five at 291, 267 and 260 points, respectively. Out of those, TCU proved to be the only one with a first place vote.
Kansas State was close behind in the sixth spot with the final first place vote and 257 points.
Dating back to 1915, the year in which OU began conference play, it has averaged a league title every 2.2 years, meaning its last championship in 2010 historically puts it on pace to win this one.
The Sooners have won the Big 12 in all even years of the new millennium so far, plus 2007, making for their seven titles.
Head coach Bob Stoops, quarterback Landry Jones, center Ben Habern and cornerback Demontre Hurst and the rest of the conference teams will now convene in Dallas July 23-24 to unofficially kick off the 2012 season.
2012 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll:
1. Oklahoma (32) 396
2. West Virginia (7) 339
3. Texas 291
4. Oklahoma State 267
5. TCU (1) 260
6. Kansas State (1) 257
7. Baylor 162
8. Iowa State (121)
9. Texas Tech (116)
10. Kansas (46)