Thursday, August 1, 2013
Notes on the Big 12 and the coaches poll
By David Ubben
No major surprises in the preseason coaches poll, even though I thought Kansas State or Baylor would sneak in at No. 24 or 25. Personally, I've got Baylor on my preseason top 25, but don't have Kansas State.
Sixty-two coaches get votes by a random draw, but that includes half the coaches from each conference. Baylor's Art Briles, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen, Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops will be voting this year.
Interesting that Kingsbury drew a vote in his first year ever as a head coach.
For the curious, Cincinnati's Tommy Tuberville and Washington State's Mike Leach also get votes in this year's poll.
Just like the Big 12 preseason poll, you can see just how close the top four teams are in the Big 12. The top three teams in the league are in succession in the national poll with just 106 points separating them, and just two separating OU and Texas. TCU is 220 points behind at No. 20, with 400 total points.
Kansas State leads the way for teams receiving votes with 113 points, with Baylor at No. 29 with 80 points in the poll.
The coaches' ballots are all secret until the final vote of the season after bowl games are selected.
This is the first time the Big 12 hasn't had a top 10 team to start the season, and it puts Oklahoma State in an intriguing position. The Pokes were actually ranked higher (No. 8) back in 2011, but that was third in the Big 12, behind Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
This year, they're five spots lower but lead the Big 12. Strange days in a balanced, deep league with no real elite teams.
It's a little surprising to see Texas Tech and West Virginia not get a single vote. I wouldn't vote for them, but Tech is an eight-win team from a year ago who brought back much of its core and has a lot of upside, even though it has to replace quarterback Seth Doege.