When asked to look into its crystal ball, the media apparently saw Texas looking up at three of its rivals.
The Big 12 released its preseason poll on Thursday, and Texas was listed fourth among the conference’s 10 teams. Media members who cover the Big 12 were responsible for voting in this poll.
Oklahoma topped the poll, and the Sooners collected 19 of the 32 first-place votes and 303 total points. Oklahoma State and Kansas State received the second- and third-most votes. Texas, which did not receive a first place voted, finished 90 points behind the Sooners.
Big 12's preseason poll
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Texas went 5-7 in 2016, and the Longhorns won only three of their nine games against Big 12 opponents. The 3-6 mark in conference play placed Texas in a sixth-place tie in the Big 12 standings. Texas last won the Big 12’s championship in 2009, and UT hasn’t been a top-three team in any of the past three seasons.
The Longhorns, though, have a new coach in Tom Herman and 17 returning starters. On Sunday, Texas checked in at No. 22 on the American-Statesman’s preseason poll. Three days later, five Longhorns were placed on the Big 12’s preseason football team (only Oklahoma matched that total).
On Sept. 2, Texas will open its 2017 football season with a home game against Maryland.
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