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Texas Tech Underrated, Texas Overrated in Preseason Poll

The Big 12 media preseason rankings were just released. The media picked the Texas Tech Red Raiders to finish sixth in the conference this year. While that would make sense for a few of the previous years, it is somewhat shocking this year.

Here’s how the Big 12 Media Preseason Poll panned out:

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Baylor
  3. Kansas State
  4. Texas
  5. Oklahoma State
  6. Texas Tech
  7. TCU
  8. West Virginia
  9. Iowa State
  10. Kansas

There’s really not much to say about the list as a whole, except that Texas is overrated (surprise).

Taking a look to the last two years (the only two years with TCU and WVU), we see that Texas Tech was picked seventh in 2013 (Oklahoma State picked to win), and ninth in 2012 (Oklahoma picked to win). Tech finished sixth in 2013 (Baylor won), and sixth in 2012 (KSU and OU won). Preseason media lists don’t really mean too much for Tech.

Even though the list doesn’t end up meaning too much at the end, they’re always fun to pick apart before the season starts, so let’s analyze each team’s ranking from the bottom up.

  1. Kansas – This makes sense. I don’t think anyone in the Big 12 (or NCAA) can really disagree.
  1. Iowa State – This really makes sense too. Iowa State isn’t a bad team, they just have not been able to hang with the big dogs in the Big 12.
  1. West Virginia – I was really hopeful for a big player in the conference when WVU joined. However, they have yet to prove themselves, so this low of a ranking isn’t surprising.
  1. TCU – TCU has a strong football team. They have great coaching (now including former Tech assistants). But they’re just not to the same competitive level as the teams picked ahead of them. Not terribly surprising.
  1. Texas Tech – Here’s where I start having problems. Tech deserves at least this high, without a doubt. But look who is above the Red Raiders in the rankings. The Longhorns? Granted, Tech hasn’t beat Texas in years, but Tech is on an upswing, and…well…not so much for the Longhorns. #byemackbrown
  1. Oklahoma State – Strong team. Decent ranking. I think they should be higher. They’re missing a lot of their former starters, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that OSU is a very consistent program.
  1. Texas – Just no.
  1. Kansas State – Kansas State is pretty good. I can’t really be too much up in arms about this one, but I’m not entirely sure about the number three ranking.
  1. Baylor – Art Briles is getting after it in Waco. Unfortunately for Tech fans, I think Baylor will have another phenomenal year. Number two is deserved.
  1. Oklahoma – I have to hand it to the Sooners. After an embarrassing loss to Texas A&M in a bowl game two years ago, Oklahoma came back strong with a great season, then stunned the nation by beating Alabama. And it’s Oklahoma, so you can expect pretty much the same thing this year. Again.


Here’s how I would rank the Big 12 teams, if it were up to me:

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Baylor
  3. Oklahoma State
  4. Texas Tech
  5. Kansas State
  6. Texas
  7. TCU
  8. West Virginia
  9. Iowa State
  10. Kansas

Do you disagree? Agree? How would you rank the teams? Let us know!

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