As the nation goes crazy over the moon temporarily plunging a small sliver of North America into
darkness shade on Monday, the Associated Press was busy releasing their preseason Top 25. Like the coaches poll that released earlier, it was good news for the Big 12 Conference.
— LandGrant Gauntlet (@the_LGG) August 21, 2017
Five Big 12 members made the top 25, and TCU just missed the rankings by receiving more votes that anyone not ranked. That means 60 percent of the conference received votes. Which is probably more than the percentage of the country that will see a noticeable difference in the amount of sun light outside today.
There are not a lot of surprises at the top. Alabama is number one while Ohio State and Florida State are two and three, respectively. USC and Clemson round out the top five, and Oklahoma is the Big 12’s first team named at number seven.
It is a good start for the conference for the season, but the Big 12 will need to win some high-profile non-conference games to make sure this trend continues in the coming weeks.
Much of the country is sold on Tom Herman as the Longhorns are the only team with less than eight wins last year to be ranked in the AP poll. So, a Texas loss to Maryland in week one would surely knock the Longhorns out of the polls.
The Mountaineer’s number 22 spot will also be on the line in week one as they face number 21 Virginia Tech. That’s a game the Big 12 needs.
For now though it’s only good news as both OU and OSU crack the top 10.