LUBBOCK, Texas — There will be plenty of topics to discuss in Dallas next week when media members come together for the 2010 Big 12 Conference Media Days on Monday.
The conference is always good at strategically creating some topics by releasing the Big 12 Preseason Media Poll and Preseason All-Big 12 Team and Awards.
The conference released its media poll on Wednesday with Nebraska and Oklahoma favored to win the North and South divisions in the final year of the 12-team format with Nebraska and more thank likely Colorado bolting for their new conferences the next season.
Oklahoma (16 first-place votes) was picked to win the South for the seventh time in the league's 14-year history. The Sooners have won the South five of the seven times they've been picked to do so and won the conference title in four of those seasons.
So it comes as no shock to me that once again all the media is hot on the Aggies and preseason player of the year Jerrod Johnson (QB). In the last 14 years (excluding this season) A&M has failed to finish at least equal to or better than their predicted finish nine times while the Red Raiders have done the exact opposite.
Tech has finished better than their predicted place 10 times; equal to the predicted finish three times, and finished lower only once (2006).
Tech was picked to finish fourth in the South in 2005 and near the bottom of the conference overall by the media members. Of course, Cody Hodges, Taurean Henderson and the rest of the '05 Red Raiders proved everyone wrong by finishing with the second-best record in the conference (9-2) while earning their first Cotton Bowl bid in 10 years.
While two Aggies, Johnson and linebacker Von Miller, lead the Preseason All-Big 12 Team and Awards list, Oklahoma (7) and Texas (6) led with the most players selected to the list.
Tech linebacker Brian Duncan was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 First Team, the only Red Raider on the list.
Media Poll Notes
· 19 of 28 predicted division winners wound up playing in the Big 12 Championship that season.
· 11 of 14 times preseason poll predicted one of the two division winners would be Big 12 Champion.
Wall Signs Deal
Former Texas Tech defensive back Jamar Wall is one happy guy right now.
That's because Wall agreed to a four-year deal on Wednesday with the Dallas Cowboys, who picked the Plainview native in the sixth round of this year's NFL Draft. Wall is expected to sign a deal that includes a $97,000 signing bonus.
Wall finished with 58 tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions and 15 pass breakups last season, starting all 13 games for the Red Raiders. He also earned defensive MVP honors in Tech's win over Michigan State in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl.