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ESPN Preseason Power Poll: No. 9 OSU

8/11/2011



We're rolling out our preseason poll this week with five teams each day.

Here's where the Big 12 teams checked in so far.

Our poll was put together based on ballots submitted by 25 ESPN.com college football analysts, columnists and reporters, including yours truly.

After our poll is finished this week, I'll unveil my personal top 25 ballot on the blog.

Next up is Oklahoma State at No. 9.

Oklahoma State: The big question for Oklahoma State is the loss of offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen -- who took over as coach at West Virginia. But new coordinator Todd Monken will have plenty of talent in his offense as he tries to replace Holgorsen. All five offensive linemen return, and they'll block for one of the nation's top pass-catch combos in quarterback Brandon Weeden and Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon. The defense loses six starters, but safety Markelle Martin and linebacker Shaun Lewis may make enough plays to make up for those losses and help the Cowboys dethrone in-state rival Oklahoma as the Big 12 champion. -- David Ubben, ESPN.com's Big 12 blogger