NORMAN — An Oklahoma team will start the season as the Big 12 Conference favorite, but it doesn’t play its home games at Owen Field.
Oklahoma State emerged as the choice in a poll of media representatives who cover the league.
However, the poll showed just how much parity there appears to be in the 10-team conference.
Six teams received first-place votes, but the Cowboys had the most with 15 for a total of 365 points.
The Sooners received eight first-place votes and 355 points to finish second in the preseason rankings.
The Sooners and Kansas State shared the 2012 Conference title.
TCU was chosen third with nine first-place votes and 347 points while Texas placed fourth with eight first-place nods and 337 points.
Baylor picked up two first-place votes and totaled 282 points to finish fifth while the Wildcats were awarded the final top vote and 240 points for sixth.
The poll was rounded out by No. 7 Texas Tech, No. 8 West Virginia, No. 9 Iowa State and No. 10 Kansas.
None of the four teams received a first-place vote.
The poll was released on Thursday.
The league’s head coaches and selected players will converge on Dallas beginning Monday morning for Big 12 Football Media Days.
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