Expectations will be high for the Kansas State football team this season after media members picked the Wildcats to finish third in the Big 12 Conference.
Just days ahead of the league’s media gathering next week in Dallas, the Big 12 released its poll Thursday morning, that included Oklahoma as the league’s top pick, earning 47 of 56 first-place votes.
Defending Big 12 champion Baylor was voted second, receiving nine first-place votes.
It’s the highest pick for the Wildcats since the league started round-robin play prior to the 2011 season.
K-State was picked to finish eighth in the first poll in 2011 and sixth in both 2012 and 2013.
The Wildcats started the 2012 season unranked and eventually became the No. 1 team in the country before losing to Baylor in Week 11. K-State went on to win the Big 12 with a win over Texas, eventually losing to Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.
K-State enters the 2014 season having won six of its last seven games — including its victory over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The Wildcats have six returning starters on offense and five returners in defense.