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West Virginia Voted 8th in Big 12 Preseason Poll

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Head Coach Neal Brown fist bumps offensive lineman Doug Nester at Milan Puskar Stadium. (WVSN photo by Kelsie LeRose)

On Thursday afternoon, the Big 12 Conference released the football preseason poll, voted on by the media. West Virginia comes in at No. 8 with 147 vote points.

Baylor, the reigning Big 12 Champions, is voted in at No. 1. The Bears are coming off a turnaround season during the second year under head coach Dave Aranda. Baylor completed a 12-win season with a Sugar Bowl victory over Ole Miss.

Oklahoma with new head coach Brent Venables is voted in at No. 2 and the Big 12 runner-up Oklahoma State round out the top three.

BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL:

*() = first-place votes

1. BAYLOR / 365 (17)

2. OKLAHOMA / 354 (12)

3. OKLAHOMA STATE / 342 (9)

4. TEXAS / 289 (2)

5. KANSAS STATE / 261

6. IOWA STATE / 180 (1)

7. TCU / 149

8. WEST VIRGINIA / 147

9. TEXAS TECH / 119

10. KANSAS / 48

WVU head coach Neal Brown is entering his fourth season with the Mountaineers. During his short time in Morgantown, Brown has coached West Virginia to two bowl game appearances with a Liberty Bowl win over Army in 2020. Over the past two seasons, Brown has recruited great classes with multiple 4-star prospects. During this past offseason, WVU lost many starters from a 6-win team to the transfer portal. Brown and his coaching staff countered that by landing former Georgia quarterback JT Daniels, as well as multiple secondary graduate transfers.

West Virginia will kick-off the 2022 football season on Sept. 1 at Heinz Field against Pitt in the 105th edition of the Backyard Brawl.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. Ethan has covered WVU men’s basketball, football and recruiting for the past two years. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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