Sooners without Stoops still preseason pick to win Big 12

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win another Big 12 title despite coach Bob Stoops’ surprise retirement.

The Sooners, who last season won their record 10th Big 12 title under Stoops, got 19 of 32 first-place votes in the preseason media poll released Thursday in advance of next week’s Big 12 media days.

Lincoln Riley became the youngest FBS head coach when the 33-year-old offensive coordinator was promoted after Stoops stepped down last month. The Sooners will be led by senior quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy finalist who was named the Big 12 preseason offensive player of the year.

Oklahoma State got 12 first-place votes, while Kansas State was picked third with one fitrst-place vote. Rounding out the poll were Texas, TCU, West Virginia, Baylor, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas.