WVU Sixth in Big 12 Football Picks

West Virginia may have its deepest, best-positioned team in its short Big 12 football history, but the Mountaineers still aren't pegged as a contender for a top spot in the preseason rankings released today by the league.

West Virginia narrowly edged out Kansas State for the sixth overall spot, notching 204 votes from the 42 voters involved. The Wildcats had 201.

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.

1 TCU 408
2 Baylor 384
3 Oklahoma 312
4 Oklahoma State 289
5 Texas 245
6 West Virginia 204
7 Kansas State 201
8 Texas Tech 139
9 Iowa State 83
10 Kansas 45

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