Texas projected to finish third in Big 12


Linebacker Jordan Hicks is a big reason why Texas is picked to finish third.
Linebacker Jordan Hicks is a big reason why Texas is picked to finish third.

The Big 12 recently announced its projected order of finish, voted on by the media. First-place votes are in parenthesis, and total points given on a 1-10 scale, so 10 points for each first-place vote, nine points for second place, so on and so forth.


Texas, which finished sixth last season, is slated to finish third, which is where I voted them.


1. Oklahoma (32) -- 396 total points

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


A few thoughts:


I'm a little surprised West Virginia only received seven first place votes while Oklahoma -- which went 2-2 down the stretch in 2011 and lost more than it gained -- was so popular.


Where's the love for Kansas State? The Wildcats finished second last season, and return everybody from Collin Klein and Arthur Brown to John Hubert and Nigel Malone. Coach Bill Snyder is easily one of the best in the country. 


Some 'Pokes weren't too happy with me projecting Oklahoma State to finish seventh, which I understand, because they won the conference a year ago. But fourth? After losing Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon and a handful of defensive pieces? Mike Gundy is building a program for the long-haul, but I'll be very surprised if a team led by 18-year-old quarterback West Lunt finishes better than a very experienced TCU team.


Poor Kansas...