The Cowboys are coming off a disappointing 7-6 season with a Liberty Bowl victory over Missouri. OSU head coach Mike Gundy enters his 15th season at the helm with a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Sean Gleeson after Mike Yurcich left to be Ohio State’s passing coordinator. The Cowboys will also have a new quarterback, but who will take the No. 1 spot between Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders or if they’ll use a two-QB system is unknown.
Three of the four teams from last season’s College Football Playoff made the top 4 in the poll, with reigning national champion Clemson taking the No. 1 ranking. Alabama, who lost 44-16 to the Tigers in the national title game, are No. 2 followed by Georgia and Oklahoma.
Notre Dame, who fell 30-3 to Clemson in a national semifinal, is the lone team from last season’s CFP not in the top 4 as the Fighting Irish are No. 7 behind Ohio State and Michigan, respectively. Florida, Texas and LSU round out the top 10.
OU, Texas and No. 20 Iowa State are the only Big 12 teams to make the top 25. The Cowboys were predicted to finish fifth in the Big 12 preseason media poll in July behind those three schools in order and TCU.
The Big 10 was the most well represented conference in the SB Nation poll with eight schools and Minnesota also received votes.
- AAC — 1 (UCF)
- ACC — 3 (Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech)
- SEC — 6 (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn)
- Big 10 — 8 (Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan State, Nebraska)
- Big 12 — 3 (Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa State)
- Pac 12 — 3 (Oregon, Washington, Utah)
Other teams receiving votes: Washington State, Syracuse, Boise State, Stanford, Army, Virginia, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Minnesota
Individual team site data
Here’s a look at how some Big 12 sites across the SBN network voted compared to the national rankings:
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