After a 10-win season and a Sugar Bowl appearance a year ago, the Oklahoma State football team was picked to finish third in the league in the 2016 Big 12 Media Preseason Football Poll, the conference announced Thursday.
The Cowboys received 202 points to come in at third, behind only Oklahoma (258) and TCU (222), in a poll that was decided by media representatives who cover the league.
After winning last year's conference title and making an appearance in the 2015 College Football Playoff semifinals, Oklahoma has been chosen as the favorite to win the 2016 championship.
This year marks the fourth since 2011 in which the Sooners topped the preseason rankings. They have captured a Big 12-record nine league titles. OU garnered 24 of 26 first-place votes while TCU picked up the other two first-place votes. After Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas rounded out the top five followed by Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas State, Iowa State and Kansas.
In last year's preseason Big 12 poll, the Cowboys were picked to finish fourth, but played for the conference championship on the last day of their regular season and finished in second place. It marked OSU's fourth 10-win campaign in the last six seasons and gave the Cowboys their first Sugar Bowl appearance since 1946.
OSU will make its Big 12 Media Days appearance on Monday in Dallas. Head coach Mike Gundy will be joined by quarterback Mason Rudolph, wide receiver James Washington, free safety Jordan Sterns and middle linebacker Chad Whitener to meet with media and discuss the upcoming season.
Head coaches and selected student-athletes will converge in Dallas on July 18-19 for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days. Go Pokes and Scout.com will have a heavy presence in Dallas and will be filing plenty of content, both video and print on gopokes.com and scout.com, as well as the other Big 12 team sites on the Scout network.
Both days will be televised live from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT on FS2 and additional FOX Sports affiliates.
Exclusive, live coverage from the event will also be available on the Big 12's digital platforms –Big12Sports.com, Twitter and Instagram (@Big12Conference). The official hashtag for the event will be #Big12FB.
2016 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll
first-place votes in parenthesis
For a comparison the ballot that I turned in to the Big 12 had Oklahoma first, followed by Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia, and Baylor. The bottom half of my ballot had Texas Tech followed by Texas, Kansas State, Iowa State, and Kansas.