West Virginia was picked eighth in the Big 12’s 2020 preseason football media poll, which was released Friday afternoon.
The Mountaineers received 287 points in the polling of 90 media members who cover the league. That placed WVU in between seventh-place Kansas State, which had 366 points, and ninth-place Texas Tech, which had 267 points.
Oklahoma was the league’s preseason favorite, receiving 80 first-place votes and 888 points. It’s the fifth straight year the Sooners have started the season as the Big 12 favorites. OU has proven worthy of those votes in the past, as it has won the Big 12 regular season crown every year since 2015.
Oklahoma State was No. 2 in this year’s preseason poll, receiving six first-place votes and 742 total points. Texas was No. 3, garnering the other four first-place votes and 727 points. Iowa State was No. 4 (607 points), followed by No. 5 Baylor (489 points) and No. 6 TCU (477 points). K-State (No. 7, 366 points), WVU (No. 8, 287 points, Texas Tech (No. 9, 267 points) and Kansas (No. 10, 100 points) rounded out the rest of the 10-team league’s preseason poll.
This is the seventh time in West Virginia’s nine years in the Big 12 that it has been picked in the lower half of the conference in the preseason poll. The only exceptions were in year one (2012), when WVU, coming off an Orange Bowl victory, entered the league slated No. 2, and in 2018, when the Mountaineers were the preseason No. 2 selection. Every other year, though, West Virginia has been voted No. 6 or lower.
The Mountaineers were the No. 2 preseason pick in 2012 (finished tied for fifth with a 4-5 league record), No. 8 in 2013 (finished tied for seventh with a 2-7 league record), No. 8 in 2014 (finished tied for fourth with a 5-4 league record), No. 6 in 2015 (finished tied for fifth with a 4-5 league record), No. 7 in 2016 (finished tied for second with a 7-2 league record), No. 6 in 2017 (finished tied for fourth with a 5-4 league record), No. 2 in 2018 (finished tied for third with a 6-3 league record), No. 8 in 2019 (finished tied for seventh with a 3-6 league record) and No. 8 in 2020 (finish TBD).
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