Big XII Preseason Rankings

Neil JeeterContributor IMarch 9, 2017

The Big 12 preseason media rankings are in, and there is already a huge controversy.

Texas and Oklahoma have tied for first place in the South division each receiving 174 points. The Longhorns had 17 first-place votes to 15 first-place votes for Oklahoma. These two teams as well as Texas Tech tied for first place last year but the BCS standings decided on Oklahoma to go on to the National Championship.

Rounding out the South are Oklahoma State (130) who was picked third, followed by Texas Tech (89), Baylor (75) and Texas A&M (33).

In the North, Nebraska has made a stunning comeback. Nebraska (172) was selected to take the North after only one year with coach Bo Pelini. The Cornhuskers received 17 first-place votes for 172 points, while the Kansas Jayhawks (164) had 12 top votes and 164 points. This marks the first time since 2006 that Nebraska has been selected as the North favorite in the conference’s preseason media poll.

The rest of the North voting saw Missouri with 124 points (three first-place votes), Colorado (100), Kansas State (81) and Iowa State (33).

The Preseason All-Big 12 Team will be released on Friday in advance of next week’s Big 12 Football Media Days in Irving, Texas.

Do you think the rankings reflect the teams fairly? Why or why not? Comment below.