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Monday, August 20, 2012
Dissecting the preseason media poll

By David Ubben

The Associated Press preseason poll was released on Saturday, and that means a little detective work needs to be done.

Up until the final poll, the coaches' ballots are private. The media ballots, however, are public all season long. You can see them all with Pollspeak.com's PollStalker feature.

Before we begin, a note: I don't have a problem with outlier votes as long as people can defend them. I'm not necessarily attacking anyone, I'm just pointing out the outliers. Right or wrong, they're always interesting.

Here's a closer look at the poll before we enter the season:

No. 4 Oklahoma
No. 11 West Virginia
No. 15 Texas
No. 19 Oklahoma State
No. 20 TCU
No. 22 Kansas State 
Baylor (received 31st-most votes)