West Virginia Faces Stacked Big 12; Picked Fifth
West Virginia’s 2018 baseball team has gotten national notice heading into the year, but it faces one of the toughest league schedules in the country. As a result, the Mountaineers are picked fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll.
Texas Tech and TCU, the 2017 Big 12 regular season co-champions, were predicted to finish No. 1 and 2 respectively in the preseason ledger. The Red Raiders earned five-of-nine first-place votes and finished atop with 61 points. TCU collected four first-place votes for a total of 60 points. Texas ranked third (42), Oklahoma fourth (40) and West Virginia fifth (38). Kansas and Oklahoma State tied for sixth with 26 points, while Baylor (22) and K-State (9) rounded out the poll.
The pick of WVU shouldn’t be construed as a sign of any disrespect for the Mountaineers — instead, it’s just a mark of the strength of the Big 12 Conference. D1Baseball.com had a slightly different preseason view. It ranked Texas Tech as the #3 team in the nation an TCU at #7, followed by Texas at #21 and WVU at #22.
The 2018 season begins on Friday, Feb. 16, with conference play starting the weekend of March 16.
2018 BIG 12 PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
- Texas Tech (5) 61
- TCU (4) 60
- Texas 42
- Oklahoma 40
- West Virginia 38
- Kansas 26
- Oklahoma State 26
- Baylor 22
- K-State 9
First-place votes in parentheses. Coaches were not permitted to vote for own team.