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Texas picked fourth in Big 12 preseason poll

Posted July 17th, 2014

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Above average.

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):

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1. Oklahoma (47) 548
2. Baylor (9) 508
3. K-State 377
4. Texas 376
5. Oklahoma State 312
6. Texas Tech 308
7. TCU 297
8. West Virginia 170
9. Iowa State 121
10. Kansas 63

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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