July 18, 2013
IRVING, Texas -
Baylor garnered its first-ever first-place votes and was picked to finish fifth in the 2013 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, as voted on by media representatives who cover the league.
Baylor received 282 points in the poll, placing it behind Oklahoma State (365), Oklahoma (355), TCU (347) and Texas (337). The Bears were in front of Kansas State (240), Texas Tech (161), West Virginia (126), Iowa State (96) and Kansas (56).
The Big 12 Conference had two six-team divisions for its first 15 seasons, and the Bears were never picked to finish in the top half of a division during that span. This year's fifth-place projection is the Bears' best since the league switched to the 10-team format in 2011. BU was picked sixth in 2011 and seventh last season.
Head coaches and selected student-athletes will converge in Dallas Monday and Tuesday for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days. Baylor will be featured Tuesday along with Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia. BaylorBears.com will provide complete coverage during the day, as Art Briles, Ahmad Dixon, Cyril Richardson and Lache Seastrunk represent the green and gold.
Baylor opens its final season at Floyd Casey Stadium against Wofford on Aug. 31. The Bears will move into their new home, the beautiful Baylor Stadium on the banks of the Brazos River, in 2014. Tickets can be purchased by visiting BaylorBears.com/tickets, and single-game tickets for all home games except the Dec. 7 finale against Texas go on sale Aug. 7. Texas single-game tickets will go on sale Aug. 7 to current season ticket holders and Bear Foundation members. On Sept. 10, through a unique promo code provided by the Baylor Network, Baylor Nation will be able to purchase tickets. Any remaining tickets after those sales will be made available to the general public on Sept. 24.
2013 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll
1. Oklahoma State (15) - 365
2. Oklahoma (8) - 355
3. TCU (9) - 347
4. Texas (8) - 337
5. BAYLOR (2) - 282
6. Kansas State (1) - 240
7. Texas Tech - 161
8. West Virginia - 126
9. Iowa State - 96
10. Kansas - 56