Andrew Buie is one of WVU's top returning running backs.
IRVING, Texas -- A year ago, Big 12 newcomer West Virginia was picked to contend for the conference football championship.In the 2012 preseason media poll, seven voters on the 41-member media panel said the Mountaineers would claim the Big 12 title. Overall, WVU was picked to finish second, behind Oklahoma.This year, Oklahoma State is the media's choice to win the league, and West Virginia is no longer seen as a contender. The Mountaineers are picked to finish eighth in the 10-team conference.Six different teams got first-place votes in the poll released Thursday in advance of next week's Big 12 football media days.The Cowboys got 15 of the 43 first-place votes and 365 points in the poll. Oklahoma, which shared last year's Big 12 title with Kansas State, was picked second with eight first-place votes and 355 points. TCU was picked third with nine first-place votes, one more than Texas. Baylor got two first-place votes for fifth place, ahead of Kansas State, which got the remaining first-place vote. Texas Tech, West Virginia, Iowa State and Kansas round out the preseason poll.Nine Big 12 running backs were named to the 2013 Doak Walker Award watch list Thursday, and there's nary a Mountaineer in sight.
Baylor (Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk) and TCU (B.J. Catalon and Waymon James) both had two players named to the watch list for the award, which selects the nation's top college running back.Other Big 12 candidates are James Sims (Kansas), Jeremy Smith (Oklahoma State), James White (Iowa State), Damien Williams (Oklahoma) and John Hubert (Kansas State).
Semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award will be announced Nov. 14, with finalists named Nov. 25.The award will be presented live on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show Dec. 12.Head coaches and selected players from the 10 teams will converge in Dallas starting Monday for the two-day Big 12 football media days.
Live video coverage, including press conferences and one-on-one interviews, will be featured both days on the Big 12 Digital Network, including Big12Sports.com on the web. Broadcasts will begin at 9:50 a.m. EDT both days.Media voting results
Big 12 media preseason football poll
Pos-School (first-place votes) Points1. Oklahoma State (15) 3652. Oklahoma (8) 3553. TCU (9) 3474. Texas (8) 3375. Baylor (2) 282
6. Kansas State (1) 2407. Texas Tech 1618. West Virginia 1269. Iowa State 9610. Kansas 56