If the Big 12 preseason poll is any indication, KU and K-State's first-year head coaches are in for a rough debut.
Heading into Les Miles' first season at the helm, Kansas landed at 10th in the annual summer projections - the same spot it occupied in each of the previous eight years, when Turner Gill (2011), Charlie Weis (2012-14) and David Beaty (2015-18) had their turns as KU's head coach.
Oklahoma opens the season September 1 at home against Houston.
The Sooners have won four consecutive conference titles, including the last two by winning the Big 12 Championship Game. OU tallied 761 poll points to outpace second-place Texas (696 points, nine first-place votes) by 65 points. On defense, West Virginia ranks eighth in the league in the percentage of tackles returning from last season. The game will feature the top two finishers in the league standings. The Cowboys open the season August 30 at Oregon State. The Longhorns received nine votes for first place, compared to 68 for the Sooners. All of this media speculation for this conference dropped just days ahead of the start of the Big 12 Media Days.
Iowa State was picked to finish third, followed by TCU, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
K-State's 191 points gave KU's rivals a 102-point cushion over the Jayhawks (89 points) for ninth place.
The top two finishers in the league standings will square off in the Big 12 Football Championship Game, on December 7, in Arlington, Texas.