Oklahoma has been picked to win its eighth Big 12 championship in the 2012 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, voted on by media representatives who cover the Conference.
The Sooners received 32 of 41 first-place votes and totaled 396 points. West Virginia was chosen second with 339 points and garnered seven first-place tallies. Texas was picked third, followed by defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State in fourth. TCU and Kansas State each received a first-place vote and finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Baylor, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Kansas rounded out the poll.
West Virginia and TCU will begin their inaugural season of Big 12 competition after joining the league on July 1. Both won their previous conference titles last year.
The Cowboys claimed their first Big 12 title in 2011 in the Conference's initial season of round-robin play. Oklahoma leads the Big 12 with its seven Conference championships (2000, '02, '04, '06, '07, '08, '10).
The complete media poll is below:
2012 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll
|2.||West Virginia (7)||339|
|6.||Kansas State (1)||257|
first-place votes in parentheses