Kansas State football has plenty of doubters heading into the fall.
Media members who cover the Big 12 predict the Wildcats will finish ninth in the 10-team conference in the 2019 season. The preseason poll, which was released by the league office Wednesday, saw K-State receive 191 points; only in-state rival Kansas (89) earned fewer.
Voters expect Oklahoma to win the conference once again. The Sooners, who have won the Big 12 title four years in a row, finished with more overall points (761) and first-place votes (68) than any other team. It’s the seventh time since 2011 Oklahoma is the preseason pick to capture the conference crown. Texas, picked to finish second, received the other nine first-place votes.
Iowa State (589 points), TCU (474) and Oklahoma State (460) rounded out the top five. Baylor was picked to finish sixth, followed by Texas Tech, West Virginia and the two schools in the Sunflower State. The top two in the league standings at the end of the regular season will meet in the Big 12 championship game Dec. 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
AT&T Stadium will take center stage next week as well, serving as the host site for Big 12 Media Days, which begin at 9 a.m. Monday. K-State head coach Chris Klieman and the school’s player representatives will meet with media members Tuesday.
Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll
1. Oklahoma: 761 (68)
2. Texas: 696 (9)
3. Iowa State: 589
4. TCU: 474
5. Oklahoma State: 460
6. Baylor: 453
7. Texas Tech: 281
8. West Virginia: 241
9. Kansas State: 191
(first-place votes in parentheses)