Texas Tech was picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 in the preseason football media poll released on Thursday.
The Red Raiders, under first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury, totaled 161 points on a scale where 10 points were awarded for a first-place vote, nine for second, etc.
Tech was well behind Kansas State (240 points), one of six teams in the conference to earn at least one first-place vote, but was also well ahead of eighth-place West Virginia (126).
Oklahoma State garnered the most first-place votes (15) to finish with 365 points as the projected preseason champion.
The Cowboys won their first Big 12 championship in 2011 and barely missed playing in the national championship game. Oklahoma State’s Bedlam rival, Oklahoma, finished second in voting with eight first place votes and 355 points.
TCU followed with nine votes (347), and Texas came in at No. 4 with eight votes (337).
Baylor, receiving a pair of first place votes, finished fifth, and Kansas State grabbed one vote and sat at No. 6.
Filling in the rest of the conference are Tech, West Virginia, Iowa State and Kansas at No. 10.
BIG 12 PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
(First-place votes in parentheses with total points)
1. Oklahoma State (15) 365
2. Oklahoma (8) 355
3. TCU (9) 347
4. Texas (8) 337
5. Baylor (2) 282
6. Kansas State (1) 240
7. Texas Tech 161
8. West Virginia 126
9. Iowa State 96
10. Kansas 56