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Texas picked to finish fourth in Big 12 preseason media poll

After an eighth place finish in 2016, the ‘Horns are picked to finish fourth in Tom Herman’s debut season.

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The Big 12 preseason media poll was released on Thursday morning and in Tom Herman’s first year on the Forty Acres, his Texas Longhorns are picked to finish fourth in the 10-team Big 12.

Oklahoma was picked to finish first under first-year head coach Lincoln Riley, followed by in-state foe Oklahoma State. Kansas State was also picked to finish ahead of Texas and even received a first-place vote.

TCU rounds out the top five with West Virginia, Baylor, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas filling the bottom half of the Big 12.

The Longhorns finished 2016 with a 5-7 record and an eighth place finish last season to bring an the Charlie Strong era to an end. The immediate expectation with Herman now running the show for what can finally be considered an experienced unit is generally seven or eight wins as part of a top-heavy conference.

In 2016, the ‘Horns only conference victories came against Iowa State, No. 8 Baylor and Texas Tech, with single-score losses to No. 20 Oklahoma, Kansas State, No. 16 West Virginia and Kansas.

Texas’ 2017 season gets underway on September 2 against Maryland. A meeting with Iowa State on September 28 will kick off the Longhorns’ Big 12 slate.