OU No. 3, OSU is No. 4 in Big 12 football poll

Oklahoma has been selected third and Oklahoma State fourth in the 2015 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, which was voted on by media representatives who cover the conference.

OU got 312 total points in the poll. TCU (408 points; 32 first-place votes) was voted the preseason favorite for the first time while Baylor (384 points; 10 first-place votes) was picked second.

The Cowboys finished with 289 points in the poll, to finish behind TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma in the summer balloting. All three of the teams predicted to finish in front of OSU will visit Boone Pickens Stadium in 2015.

The Sooners enter the 20th year of Big 12 play leading the league with eight Big 12 championships (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012). Texas is the next closest with three Big 12 titles.

In 2010, when the Cowboys claimed a share of the Big 12 South title, they were predicted to finish fifth in the six-team division. In 2011, when Oklahoma State claimed the outright Big 12 title, it was tabbed in the preseason poll as the third best team in the league.

The Cowboys return 19 starters from last year’s 7-6 team. Eleven players on the offensive side of the ball have made at least seven career starts and eight defensive players, including preseason All-Big 12 selections Emmanuel Ogbah (defensive end), Ryan Simmons (linebacker) and Kevin Peterson (cornerback) have made at least six career starts. OSU returns 46 lettermen.

Big 12 Preseason Poll

  1. TCU
  2. Baylor
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Oklahoma State
  5. Texas
  6. West Virginia
  7. Kansas State
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Iowa State
  10. Kansas