Big 12 Announces Preseason Football Poll

IRVING, Texas – Kansas State was tapped as underdogs going into the 2009 football season as the conference announced the 2009 Big 12 Football preseason poll on Thursday.

 

The voters, comprised of media representatives who cover the conference, predicted the Wildcats to finish fifth in the Big 12 North, while they forecasted Nebraska to win the North and Texas and Oklahoma tied for first in the South.

 

The Cornhuskers tied with Missouri for the North title in 2008 after being selected third in the preseason poll. Missouri advanced to the 2008 Dr. Pepper Big 12 Football Championship due to a head-to-head win over the Huskers.

 

Texas compiled 17 first-place votes in the South compared to 15 for Oklahoma, however both finished with 174 cumulative points.

 

K-State, which finished tied for fourth in the North in 2008, returns 47 letterwinners (18-offense, 25-defense, 4-specialists) in 2009 for the beginning of Bill Snyder’s second stint as coach of the Wildcats.

 

Kansas State will participate in the annual Big 12 Football Media Days on Wednesday, July 29, in Irving, Texas, before opening the 2009 campaign against Massachusetts on September 5, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

 

2009 Big 12 Preseason Football Poll (Media Vote)

North

1. Nebraska (17) 172

2. Kansas (12) 164

3. Missouri (3) 124

4. Colorado 100

5. Kansas State 81

6. Iowa State 31

 

South

1. Texas (17) 174

2. Oklahoma (15) 174

3. Oklahoma State 130

4. Texas Tech 79

5. Baylor 75

6. Texas A&M 33

first place votes in parentheses