SEC, Big 12 Polls Don’t Favor K-State, KU or Mizzou

Dec 1, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein (7) holds up the Big 12 Championship trophy following a 42-24 win over the Texas Longhorns at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC and Big 12 each released their media polls for the 2013 college football season today and neither poll likes what they see in the three local school.

Missouri was selected to finish sixth in the SEC East by the media.

Rank, School, (First place votes), total points

1. Georgia (149) – 1570

2. South Carolina (75) – 1474

3. Florida (19) – 1300

4. Vanderbilt – 858

5. Tennessee – 694

6. Missouri – 577

7. Kentucky – 331

Jul 16, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin talks with the media during the 2013 SEC football media days at the Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama was the far and away favorite to win the SEC West and is also the heavy favorite to win the SEC Championship. Georgia came in second followed by South Carolina. LSU only got 1 vote to win the SEC.

The media also gave little love the Tigers only one player, E.J. Gaines, on their three-team preseason All-SEC team. Missouri has the fewest number of selections by any team in the conference, one behind Mississippi State and Kentucky.

One the Big 12 side things are incredibly crowded at the top with Oklahoma State barely edging Oklahoma for the number one spot. Kansas State was selected to finish sixth while Kansas finished last.

Rank, School, (First place votes), total points

1. Oklahoma State (15) – 365

2. Okahoma (8) – 355

3. TCU (9) – 347

4. Texas (8) – 337

5. Baylor (2) – 282

6. K-State (1) – 240

7. Texas Tech – 161

8. West Virginia – 126

9. Iowa State – 96

10. Kansas – 56

Nov 10, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back James Sims (29) rushes against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half at Jones AT

K-State was picked to finish sixth and had just one first place vote last season, too, before going on to share the Big 12 title with Oklahoma. It would seem the door is still open for the Wildcats as six of the 10 teams in the conference received first place votes, a suggestion that nobody really knows who the true favorite is in the Big 12.

Yesterday it was announced that the Wildcats landed five players on the preseason All-Big 12 team, the most of any school in the conference. Running back John Hubert, offensive lineman Cornelius Lucas, kick returner Kevin Tyler Lockett, defensive back Ty Zimmerman, and punt returner Tramaine Thompson received All-Big 12 honors.

Voters do seem certain the Jayhawks will finish in last place in the conference, though they did receive  a few non-last place votes. This may stem from the fact that KU has not won a conference game since 2010, and hasn’t beaten a current member of the Big 12 since 2009. KU’s best shots at ending the conference losing streak will be against Texas Tech at home (10/5), West Virginia at home (11/16), and on the road against Iowa State (11/23).

Kansas did not have a player listed on the All-Big 12 team, though James Sims, who led the Big 12 in rushing yards per game last season, should have made the team.

Topics: Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats, Missouri Tigers

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  • Rcjk

    the only two reasons i can think of is the media is biased Kansas City and/or all three schools are known for basketball. i mean really, what else do you know about K-State in football without Bill Snyder in the picture?

    • Ben Nielsen

      Think it is fair to say Bill Snyder IS K-State football.

  • Zack Hut

    Wait Tyler Lockett’s dad still plays college football?! Haha

    • Ben Nielsen

      Kevin is still spry for a 38 year-old… #fixed