K-State has been chosen to finish in third place in the Big 12, according to the conference’s preseason poll. The poll, which is voted on by Big 12 media representatives, was released on Thursday morning.
The Wildcats earned 231 points in the poll, and also earned one first place vote. K-State was voted No. 8 in the 2016 ballot, and No. 7 in 2015.
The Oklahoma Sooners were picked to win the conference for the second year in a row, earning 303 points and 19 first place votes. The Oklahoma City Cowboys were picked second in the poll with 294 points and 12 first place votes. The Texas Longhorns (213 points), TCU Horned Frogs (202 points), West Virginia Mountaineers (183 points), Baylor Bears (129 points), Texas Tech Red Raiders (85 points), Iowa State Cyclones (83 points), and the Kansas Jayhawks (37 points) rounded out the poll.
The poll was released a day after the Big 12’s All-Conference teams were released. Four Wildcats, including junior fullback Winston Dimel, junior offensive lineman Dalton Risner, junior defensive back D.J. Reed, and sophomore defensive end Reggie Walker, were selected to the preseason team.
Head coaches and select student-athletes will travel to Frisco, Texas on July 17-18 for Big 12 Football Media Days. Risner, Reed, senior quarterback Jesse Ertz, senior linebacker Trent Tanking, junior tight end Dayton Valentine, as well as head coach Bill Snyder, will represent K-State at Media Day.