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July 19, 2013

Sooners second to Cowboys in Big 12 preseason poll

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.

John Shinn

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