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KU football picked fourth in Big 12 North by media

Kansas head coach Turner Gill gathers with the team during spring practice on Sunday, March 28, 2010.

Kansas head coach Turner Gill gathers with the team during spring practice on Sunday, March 28, 2010.

July 21, 2010


New coach, new quarterback, similar position.

The Big 12 Conference released its annual preseason media football poll on Wednesday, and Kansas University was picked to finish fourth in the North.

The preseason prediction marks the third time in the last five years the Jayhawks have been penciled into that position and the first since 2007. That year, the Jayhawks finished second in the North — 12-1 overall — and went on to win the Orange Bowl, knocking off Virginia Tech, 24-21, in the school’s first appearance in a BCS bowl game.

KU was picked second heading into each of the last two seasons, but fell short of those expectations, finishing third in 2008 (at 4-4) and sixth a season ago (at 1-7).

It’s instances such as those that leave first-year KU coach Turner Gill skeptical about rankings in July.

“I do not get excited about preseason picks,” Gill said. “It’s all about being productive on the field.”

The Jayhawks received 70 points in this year’s voting, nine points behind Kansas State, which was picked to finish third. Nebraska, in what is likely to be its final season in the conference, was the media’s unanimous pick to win the North, securing 156 points and all 26 first-place votes.

Missouri (125) was picked second, with Colorado (fifth, 61) and Iowa State (sixth, 55) rounding out the division.

The voting in the South was closer, as Oklahoma edged out Texas for the top spot. Bob Stoops’ Sooners received 146 points and 16 first-place votes. Mack Brown’s Longhorns racked up 140 points and 10 first-place votes.

Texas A&M; (97), Texas Tech (68), Oklahoma State (53) and Baylor (42) rounded out the South.

Big 12 Media Preseason Poll

North Division

  1. Nebraska (26) 156
  2. Missouri 125
  3. Kansas State 79
  4. Kansas 70
  5. Colorado 61
  6. Iowa State 55

South Division

  1. Oklahoma (16) 146
  2. Texas (10) 140
  3. Texas A&M; 97
  4. Texas Tech 68
  5. Oklahoma State 53
  6. Baylor 42


tolawdjk 7 years, 10 months ago

Throw Nebraska and Colorado out of the rankings. Let them go play with their new friends.

swunruh 7 years, 10 months ago

The national college football mags all have Kansas ranked higher than KSU.

Jeff Cuttell 7 years, 10 months ago

I agree with Nebraska and Missouri. KU should be ahead of State. They will no doubt pick Sooners over Neb for the Championship. I disagree with that. I think Nebraska will win the Big 12 and take the title with them when they leave and not be defending it the next year. They are going to be too tough and with something to prove. The Big 12 lost an awesome representative of the conference with them. Too bad everyone forced their hand and had to stay attached to the Longhorns. Hopefully, we can fill their shoes somehow.

James Stewart 7 years, 10 months ago

Oh, I see. They DID include NU and CU. I figured 4th of the remaining 4 Big 12 North teams sounded about right. ;)

newmedia 7 years, 10 months ago

Only one way to prove them right or wrong. Hide and watch...

orbiter 7 years, 10 months ago

"The sportswriters know the inside scoop on teams and coaches and they know Gill is just an OK coach but is not a Big12 caliber head coach, and sure as hell isn't worth $2millon/yr. in his first year coming from Buffalo into a big time football conference like the Big12!"

--haha. you hate-first haters are precious. why even play the games when you have sportswriters and their all seeing eyes?

why even be a fan when you can't pull for your team's new coach before he even coaches a game? seriously, why?

Yeah, the money seems excessive, but what are you gonna do? Hope he fails just because of that? We're Kansas. Houston Nutt isn't coming and we can't afford him, or anyone his caliber. He didn't even leave the SEC for Nebraska when he had the chance.

Gill was a great player at NU, coached at NU, coached in the NFL, won a conference title at a school where it was thought to be impossible, very well thought of across college football, put together a great staff, is recruiting well. What's the problem? Seriously.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

These early ratings mean very very little....

KUnlv13 7 years, 10 months ago

Indeed. You have to let a few high caliber (student-)athletes at big programs throughout the nation get in trouble with JohnnyLaw first before you truly have an idea of how things'll be sitting come December. Suspensions can factor in just as often as injury, & there's a lot of partyin' still to be had before Christmas!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 10 months ago

I am with Merrill on this one. These pre season ratings are crap. No one has thrown a ball yet, no one has scored a touchdown. Last year, Oklahoma was highly rated and then Sam Bradford was injured in the BYU game, Landry Jones was a good backup, but less expierenced, and OU lost 4 games last season.

I think the really bad effect is on the kids on the teams. I think coaches try to downplay all this hoopla, but it really serves no purpose but to sell newspapers and get talking media idiots something to chew on during low sports activity times.

Jeff Kilgore 7 years, 10 months ago

Before the season started and I saw the History Awaits stuff, a shiver went through me. That shiver was the signal that 2009-2010 would be a very rough time for KU athletics. Let's back down the talk and just play this year.

I am very unsold on Nebraska as a Top 20 team, let alone the North Champion. Without Su, they won't be as strong. And I'm also not sure about their offense.

Missouri should win the north and then whatever happens after that won't be a surprise. Unless Iowa State has a stiff south schedule, they won't finish last.

Marco Moona Temple 7 years, 10 months ago

...what's surprising is ISU is picked last after CU.

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