Preseason favorites TCU and Baylor gobbled up all of the first place votes, with the Horned Frogs riding their 32 top selections to 408 points and the #1 spot in the standings. The Bears had the other ten first place ballots. It is the first time that TCU has been picked to win the conference title.
West Virginia has been riding optimism over the summer, as head coach Dana Holgorsen has rightly noted that the Mountaineers are better-positioned to compete in the league than at any time during its tenure. However, media members don't think that will equate to a move up the conference standings, as WVU won a narrow battle for the sixth-place spot while trailing fifth-place Texas by 41 points.