July 19, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Baylor was picked to finish seventh in the 2012 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, as voted on by media representatives who cover the conference and released Thursday.
Baylor received 162 points to finish ahead of Iowa State (121), Texas Tech (116) and Kansas (46), respectively. The Bears were picked to finish sixth in the 2011 preseason poll, but Baylor used a school-record five-game Big 12 winning streak to finish tied for third in the league at 6-3.
Oklahoma received 32 of 41 first-place votes and tallied 396 points to lead the poll. West Virginia (339) received seven first-place votes, followed by Texas (291) and Oklahoma State (267). TCU (260) and Kansas State (257) each received one first-place vote. This is the second straight season the Big 12 ranked every team in one grouping. Prior to 2011, the league released a preseason poll broken down by two six-team divisions.
Head coaches and selected student-athletes will meet in Dallas on July 23-24 for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days. Baylor will be joined by Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas and West Virginia in Tuesday's portion of the media days.
Baylor enters the 2012 season riding the nation's third-longest active winning streak at six games. The Bears open the season by hosting SMU for a 5:30 p.m. game on Sunday, Sept. 2, in a game that will be televised live nationally on FSN. Season tickets can be purchased by visiting www.BaylorBears.com/tickets, and single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 8.
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2012 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll
1. Oklahoma (32) 396
2. West Virginia (7) 339
3. Texas 291
4. Oklahoma State 267
5. TCU (1) 260
6. Kansas State (1) 257
7. BAYLOR 162
8. Iowa State 121
9. Texas Tech 116
10. Kansas 46