The Big 12 Conference released its preseason poll as voted on by the media Thursday, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are the team projected to finish atop the conference.
The Cowboys finished with 15 first-place votes out of 43 ballots. Six teams in all received first place-votes, a testament to how balanced the conference is.
Take a look at the breakdown of this year's poll:
1. Oklahoma State Cowboys (15)—365 points
2. Oklahoma Sooners (8)—355 points
3. TCU Horned Frogs (9)—347 points
4. Texas Longhorns (8)—337 points
5. Baylor Bears (2)—282 points
6. Kansas State Wildcats (1)—240 points
7. Texas Tech Red Raiders—161 points
8. West Virginia Mountaineers—126 points
9. Iowa State Cyclones—96 points
10. Kansas Jayhawks—56 points
As is with any preseason ranking, the Big 12 preseason poll should be taken with a grain of salt. Last year's Big 12 champion, Kansas State, was picked sixth in the preseason poll in 2012.
And with six teams receiving first-place votes, it's sure to be an exciting season of Big 12 football.
Checkout the ballot that I submitted on behalf of Bleacher Report to the Big 12: