The preseason coaches picks to win the Big 12 were released today. This doesn’t mean much in the big scheme of things but I’m poring over hoops stuff right now like crazy so I think it’s kind of fun.
OSU was picked to finish 3rd in the Big 12 behind KU and Baylor. This on the heels of Bill Self saying OSU has the best team on paper.
I think the most telling thing is how closely grouped Baylor, OSU, Texas, K-State, and WVU are. Any of those teams could finish 2-6 (assuming Kansas wins it) and I think OU even has a chance to make a little noise this year.
The points section should be pretty self-explanatory (9 pts for a first place vote, 8 for second, etc.) Kansas got every first place vote except its own (you can’t vote for your own team). Self voted for Baylor to win the conference.
Here’s a look at how the teams were predicted coming into last year against how they finished. Hopefully Big 12 coaches just have us pegged![table id=47 /]
Also, typical A&M stuff here, hope I’m not saying that about us in five months.
As has been noted by my readers, Ford is at a crossroads. You can have the 7th best team according to everyone else and finish 7th and it be OK (you need time to get your guys!). But you can’t have the 3rd best team and finish in the lower half of the conference.
The fan base (what’s left of it) isn’t OK with that and Ford knows it.