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Quick Hit: Breaking down the accuracy of the Big 12 preseason media poll

It is a slow time of year in the collegiate sports world and with anticipation growing for the 2016 season we often quench that desire for football with anything we can get our hands on. The Big 12 released its 2016 preseason media poll yesterday and like every year Mountaineer fans chimed in on social media to voice their opinions.

So I decided to dig a little deeper to see just how accurate the polls have been since WVU joined the conference in 2012.

Since 2012 the preseason poll has been 0-4 in predicting the eventual Big 12 champion. As far as the Mountaineers are concerned the poll has ranked WVU higher twice in the preseason (2012, 2013) than they finished at the end of the season and lower twice (2014,2015) than they finished.

Below is a comparison between the Big 12 preseason polls and the final standings at the end of the season from 2012-2015.

2012 Preseason PollFinal PollDifference
OKlahomaKansas StateKSU +5
West VirginiaOklahoma OU -1
Oklahoma StateOklahoma State-
TCUBaylorBaylor +2
Kansas StateTCUTCU -1
BaylorTexas TechTT +2
Iowa StateWest VirginiaWVU -6
Texas TechIowa StateISU -1
2013 Preseason PollFinal StandingsDifference
Oklahoma StateBaylorBaylor +4
TCUOklahoma StateOSU -2
BaylorKansas StateKSU +1
Kansas StateTexas TechTT +1
Texas TechIowa StateISU +2
West VirginiaTCUTCU -5
Iowa StateWVUWVU -1
2014 Preseason PollFinal StandingsDifference
Oklahoma BaylorBaylor +1
BaylorTCUTCU +4
Kansas StateKansas State-
TexasOklahomaOU -3
Oklahoma StateTexasTexas -1
Texas TechWest VirginiaWVU +2
TCUOklahoma StateOSU -2
West VirginiaTexas TechTT -2
Iowa StateKansasKansas +1
KansasIowa StateISU -1
2015 Preseason PollFinal StandingsDifference
TCUOklahoma OU +2
BaylorOklahoma StateOSU +2
OklahomaTCUTCU -2
Oklahoma StateBaylorBaylor -2
TexasWest VirginiaWVU +1
West VirginiaTexas TechTT +2
Kansas StateTexasTexas -2
Texas TechKansas StateKSU -1
Iowa StateIowa State-


Jeremy Simon
Founder and publisher of, Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today as well as covers the Mountaineers for Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07
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