It may be difficult to imagine for many of us still hard in the grip of winter weather, but the college baskeball season is just a couple of weeks off, which means that Big 12 teams are already at work, shaking off the cobwebs and rust and preparing for the new season.
That also means that the preseason baseball polls are out, and the Big 12 has placed four teams among the nation’s 25 best, depending which of three national college polls you follow.
USA Today, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball have each come out with their preseason rankings of the projected best schools this season in college baseball. Oklahoma and TCU are the only Big 12 schools to be ranked among the top 25 in all three of the polls.
Oklahoma is ranked 14th and TCU right behind in 15th in the Collegiate Baseball Fabulous 40 preseason poll. Baseball America has the Horned Frogs of TCU 14th and the Sooners 19th in that publication’s preseason projections. Texas is also ranked in the Collegiate Baseball poll, coming in at No. 21.
The coaches who vote in the USA Today college baseball poll have TCU at No, 12, Oklahoma at 16 and Baylor ranked 23rd.
Last season, Baylor, at 49-17, was the highest-ranked team in the final USA Today coaches’ poll. Oklahoma (42-25) was next at No. 14 and Texas A&M was 18th, in its final season as a member of the Big 12. TCU, which has since joined the Big 12 as a new member, ended the year with a record of 40-22 and was 15th in the final rankings.
All nine of the Big 12 schools that field teams in baseball open their seasons the weekend of Feb. 15. Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech open their season at home, while the rest of the Big 12 starts the season on the road. Iowa State is the only Big 12 school that does not have a baseball team.
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