WVU Equals Its Highest Ranking In Big 12 Preseason Poll
West Virginia goes into the 2018 football season with fairly lofty expectations.
The Mountaineers were selected to finish second in the Big 12 football preseason poll, as voted on by media representatives.
It equals WVU’s highest predicted finish in that preseason poll in the Mountaineers’ seven seasons in the Big 12. West Virginia also was selected second in the 2012 preseason poll, which was its first year in the league. Since then, WVU has not been picked higher than sixth, until now.
Oklahoma garnered 46 of the 52 first-place votes in this year’s poll. West Virginia was chosen second with TCU, Texas and Oklahoma State rounding out the top five. The Mountaineers received two first-place nods while TCU and Texas had one each. Kansas State was predicted to finish sixth, claiming two first-place votes followed by Iowa State, Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas.
Over the last four years, West Virginia is the only team in the Big 12 to finish the season higher than its preseason prediction. Other than being picked second in 2012 and 2018, WVU was also selected sixth in 2015 and 2017, seventh in 2016 and eighth in 2013 and 2014.
In the eight years since the Big 12 went one division, this is the sixth time Oklahoma has been the preseason favorite. It also was on top of the league at the end of the season in three of those years, including the past two. In addition, OU won the Big 12 crown in 2015, when it started the year predicted to finish third. Since 2011, only Oklahoma State (2013) and TCU (2015) have earned the preseason No. 1 spot instead of the Sooners, and neither the Cowboys nor Horned Frogs won the league those years.
The top two finishers in the league standings will compete in the Big 12 Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 1 to determine the conference title.
The 2017 season concluded with the Big 12 leading the nation with 80 percent of its teams selected to bowl games, highlighted by Oklahoma’s second appearance in three years in a CFP semifinal.
Head coaches and select student-athletes will converge in Frisco, Texas on July 16-17 for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days to preview the 2018 season. Both days will be televised live from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET on FS2 and additional FOX Sports regional affiliates.
2018 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll
1. Oklahoma (46) – 509
2. West Virginia (2) – 432
3. TCU (1) – 390
4. Texas (1) – 370
5. Oklahoma State – 300
6. Kansas State (2) – 283
7. Iowa State – 250
8. Texas Tech – 149
9. Baylor – 125
10. Kansas – 52