IRVING, Texas – For the 10th time since in the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Kansas State has been picked to finish among the top three teams in the Big 12 North as the Wildcats have been tabbed to finish third in the 2007 division race, according to the results of the annual preseason media survey conducted by the conference office.
The third-place finish in the preseason poll is the highest for a Wildcat team since being selected to win the North prior to the 2004 season. Before the 2005 season, Kansas State had been chosen to finish second in the North three times (1998, 2000 and 2001) and picked to win the division on two occasions (2003 and 2004).
Kansas State, selected to finish sixth in last year’s divisional race, returns a total of 49 lettermen (22-offense/25-defense/2-specialist), including 30 who made at least one start during last season’s 7-6 bowl-bound campaign. Seven of the Wildcats’ returnees started at least half of the Cats’ 13 games on offense a year ago, with six starting at least seven games on defense.
The media chose a Missouri vs. Texas match-up for the 2007 Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship, which will be held Dec. 1 at San Antonio’s Alamodome, while Nebraska and Oklahoma were picked to finish second in their respective divisions.
Kansas State will participate in the annual Big 12 Football Media Days on Wednesday, July 25, in San Antonio, Texas, before opening the 2007 season Sept. 1 in a nationally-televised contest at Auburn.
2007 Big 12 Preseason Football Poll (Media Vote)
1. Missouri (16) 136
2. Nebraska (8) 128
3. Kansas State 88
4. Kansas 63
5. Colorado 58
6. Iowa State 31
1. Texas (16) 135
2. Oklahoma (7) 126
3. Texas A&M (1) 82
4. Oklahoma State 81
5. Texas Tech 56
6. Baylor 24
first place votes in parentheses