That’s how media members view the Texas football team in relation to the rest of the Big 12 Conference. The Longhorns came in fourth in the preseason poll Thursday, filing in behind projected winner Oklahoma, Baylor and Kansas State.
Here’s how the voting turned out (notice the thin margin between Texas and K-State):
first-place votes in parentheses
In match up against teams ranked higher, Texas plays one game at home (Baylor), one on the road (K-State) and one at a neutral site (Oklahoma).
It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that defending league champion Baylor garnered just nine of 56 first place votes. There’s skepticism that the Bears, downtrodden for years, can win consecutive titles. Plus, Oklahoma is getting love for its waxing of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
In other news, Texas running backs Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray were among 53 players announced to the Doak Walker Award watch list Thursday.
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