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Big 12 football: Oklahoma, West Virginia top preseason Power Poll

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: August 26, 2012
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Here's a look at Mike Baldwin's Big 12 Preseason Power Poll:

1. OKLAHOMA

The Sooners once again are the favorite but must navigate through a host of viable contenders.

2. WEST VIRGINIA

The Mountaineers are viewed as a legit contender their debut season but have a lot to prove.

3. OKLAHOMA STATE

The Cowboys lost two NFL first-round offensive playmakers, but there's still a lot of talent.

4. TEXAS

After back-to-back subpar years, the Longhorns have a defense capable of staying in the race.

5. TCU

Frogs are embracing the opportunity to play in a big-time league. But was this a down year to join?

6. KANSAS STATE

The Wildcats won a lot of close games last season and thrived on a plus-12 turnover edge.

7. BAYLOR

Bears must replace last year's Heisman winner but recruiting has been solid in recent years.

8. IOWA STATE

Paul Rhoads' Cyclones are always capable of an upset in Ames but talent gap is just too wide.

9. TEXAS TECH

These aren't your Mike Leach Red Raiders. Tommy Tuberville needs to start producing.

10. KANSAS

Charlie Weis was a flop at Notre Dame and faces an even greater rebuilding job in Lawrence.


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