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West Virginia football picked sixth in preseason media poll

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Are there really five teams better than the Mountaineers?

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The Big 12 media have decided on their 2017 preseason poll, and it’s not exactly favorable to West Virginia. With no surprise, Oklahoma received the most votes. The Mountaineers have been picked to finish sixth in the poll, despite finished 10-3 and third in the conference in 2016.

The 2017 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll, which is released before Big 12 Football Media Days for reasons, looks like this:

  1. Oklahoma, (19) 303
  2. Oklahoma State, (12) 294
  3. K-State, (1) 231
  4. Texas, 213
  5. TCU, 202
  6. West Virginia, 183
  7. Baylor, 129
  8. Texas Tech, 85
  9. Iowa State, 83
  10. Kansas, 37

The surprise here (this is my opinion only) is how highly rated both Kansas State and Texas are. K-State does return a decent amount of starters and is coming off a big Texas Bowl win against an SEC team. But they received a first-place vote? Texas, however, will be breaking in a new coach this season. Tom Herman may be good, but was coaching the only problem in Austin?

Remember, the top two teams will play each other—again—in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday, December 2, in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. By the media’s projections, we’ll have two Bedlam games at the end of the season.

Was WVU underrated in this poll or is this about what you expected?