TCU Picked to Finish 5th in Big 12 Preseason Poll

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 10: Texas Christian University head football coach Gary Patterson (R) speaks to the media during a press conference after TCU accepted an invention to join the Big XII conference on October 10, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

The 2012 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll is out, and you shouldn’t be surprised that Oklahoma was picked to win the conference. What you should be surprised about is that TCU was picked to finish 5th. I just find it hard to believe that TCU will finish behind West Virginia or Texas, but it wouldn’t be the first time I made a wrong prediction.


The good thing about this is that it adds onto the chip TCU will have on its shoulder headed into this season. I guarantee you Coach Patterson will be using this as motivation all throughout the fall.


Big12Sports.com:

2012 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll
1. Oklahoma (32) 396
2. West Virginia (7) 339
3. Texas 291
4. Oklahoma State 267
5. TCU (1) 260
6. Kansas State (1) 257
7. Baylor 162
8. Iowa State 121
9. Texas Tech 116
10. Kansas 46
first-place votes in parentheses


I wonder who gave that first place vote to TCU? You can thank FrogsOWar.com. It will be nice to gloat at the end of the season when we are correct.

Full rosters from the Big 12 poll and Frogs O' War choices are included after the jump.

2012 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year: Geno Smith, West Virginia (QB, 6-3, 214, Sr/3L, Miami, Fla.)
Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Okafor, Texas (DE, 6-4, 260, Sr/3L, Pflugerville, Texas)
Newcomer of the Year: Trey Metoyer, Oklahoma (WR, 6-1, 190, Fr/HS, Whitehouse, Texas)


OFFENSE
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown

WR Kenny Stills Oklahoma 6-1 189 Jr/2L Encinitas, Calif.
TE Jordan Najvar Baylor 6-6 260 Jr/1L Spring, Texas
OL Gabe Ikard Oklahoma 6-4 295 Jr/2L Oklahoma City, Okla.
OL Cyril Richardson Baylor 6-5 335 Jr/2L Fort Worth, Texas
C Ben Habern Oklahoma 6-4 292 Sr/3L Argyle, Texas
OL LaAdrian Waddle Texas Tech 6-6 318 Sr/3L Columbus, Texas
OL Lane Taylor Oklahoma State 6-3 328 Sr/3L Arlington, Texas
WR Tavon Austin West Virginia 5-9 174 Sr/3L Baltimore, Md.
QB Geno Smith West Virginia 6-3 214 Sr/3L Miami, Fla.
RB Joseph Randle Oklahoma State 6-1 200 Jr/2L Wichita, Kan.
RB Malcolm Brown Texas 6-0 213 So/1L Cibolo, Texas
PK Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State 6-1 205 Sr/3L Mansfield, Texas
KR Tyler Lockett Kansas State 5-11 175 So/1L Tulsa, Okla.

DEFENSE
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown

DL Jackson Jeffcoat Texas 6-5 250 Jr/2L Plano, Texas
DL Stansly Maponga TCU 6-2 265 Jr/2L Carrollton, Texas
DL Alex Okafor Texas 6-4 260 Sr/3L Pflugerville, Texas
DL Jamarkus McFarland Oklahoma 6-2 296 Sr/3L Lufkin, Texas
LB Arthur Brown Kansas State 6-1 228 Sr/3L Wichita, Kan.
LB A.J. Klein Iowa State 6-2 244 Sr/3L Kimberly, Wis.
LB Jake Knott Iowa State 6-3 239 Sr/3L Waukee, Iowa
DB Brodrick Brown Oklahoma State 5-8 185 Sr/3L Houston, Texas
DB Kenny Vaccaro Texas 6-1 215 Sr/3L Brownwood, Texas
DB Tony Jefferson Oklahoma 5-10 199 Jr/2L Chula Vista, Calif.
DB Nigel Malone Kansas State 5-10 185 Sr/3L Manteca, Calif.
P Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State 6-1 205 Sr/3L Mansfield, Texas
PR Tavon Austin West Virginia 5-9 174 Sr/3L Baltimore, Md.

Frogs O' War Preseason Top 10 and All Conference Teams

1. Texas Christian University
2. West Virginia University
3. University of Oklahoma
4. Oklahoma State University
5. University of Texas
6. Kansas State University
7. Texas Tech
8. Baylor University
9. Iowa State
10. University of Kansas

Preseason Offensive Team

Pos Name School
WR Josh Boyce Texas Christian University
TE Mike Ragone University of Kansas
OL Blaize Foltz Texas Christian University
OL Lane Taylor Oklahoma State University
C Joe Madsen West Virginia University
OL Mason Walters University of Texas
OL Cyril Richardson Baylor University
WR Kenny Stills University of Oklahoma
QB Casey Pachall Texas Christian University
RB Joseph Rangle Oklahoma State University
RB Waymon James Texas Christian University
PK Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State University
PR Brandon Carter Texas Christian University

Preseason Defensive Team

Pos Name School
DL Alex Okafor University of Texas
DL Stansly Maponga Texas Christian University
DL Jamarkus McFarland University of Oklahoma
DL Jackson Jeffcoat University of Texas
LB Jordan Hicks University of Texas
LB Jake Knott Iowa State University
LB Tom Wort University of Oklahoma
DB Nigel Malone Kansas State University
DB Ahmad Dixon Baylor University
DB Kenny Vaccaro University of Texas
DB Tony Jefferson University of Oklahoma
P Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State University
KR Tavon Austin West Virginia University

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