Kansas State Tabbed Third In Preseason Football Poll


The Big 12 has its eyes on four Oklahoma State football players before the season begins on August 31 against Tulsa.

Underdog programs adore playing up the disrespect narrative this time of year, and to that end, the All-Big 12 preseason team fed West Virginia a heap of talking points. Smith started all 13 games in the 2016 season and tied for the fifth-most sacks in a year in Baylor history.

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Armstrong last season had 10 sacks and led the Big 12 with 20 tackles for loss. Cotton-Moya also had a knack for turnovers, leading the team with three. Since 2011, the first season the Big 12 did away with a two-division format, Oklahoma has been projected as the conference favorite in four of the six seasons (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016), second once (2013) and third once (2015).

But I'll give my peers credit for forecasting West Virginia quarterback Will Grier as this year's top newcomer, something even I failed to do.

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The Big 12 media preseason poll will be released on Thursday, followed by the annual Big 12 Football Media Days to be conducted in Frisco, Texas on July 17-18. Exclusive coverage from the event will also be available on the Big 12's digital platforms - Big12Sports.com. The Cowboys nabbed 12 first-place votes and totaled 294 points while Kansas State picked up the final first-place nod.

Five players for the Texas Longhorns made the list - offensive lineman Connor Williams, defensive linemen Poona Ford and Malcolm Roach, linebacker Malik Jefferson and punter Michael Dickson.

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Armstrong and his KU football squad will begin the 2017 season on Saturday, September 2 with a home game against Southeast Missouri State.