July 19, 2024

Big 12 predicted order of finish for 2024: Newcomer Utah on top, Colorado outside top 10


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The Big 12 released its predicted order of finish ahead of the 2024 season as voted on by the media on Tuesday, and new conference member Utah was atop the poll. The Utes earned 20 first-place votes and 906 overall points to edge out second-place Kansas State. 

The Wildcats earned 19 first-place votes and 889 overall points, while Oklahoma State garnered 14 first-place votes and 829 overall points. Kansas (five) and Arizona (three) were the other programs that received a first-place vote to round out the top five.

The conference will welcome Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah in 2024 less than a year after adding Cincinnati, BYU, Houston and UCF. The Big 12 swells to 16 total members in 2024 — the largest in conference history — after Texas and Oklahoma departed for the SEC.

While the preseason poll favored newcomers Utah and Arizona, it didn’t show much faith in Colorado and Arizona State to compete for a conference title in Year 1. Deion Sanders’ Buffaloes were tabbed to finish 11th, while ASU was picked to finish last.

Here is how the voting broke down (first-place votes in parenthesis): 

Team Votes
Utah 906 (20)
Kansas State 889 (19)
Oklahoma State  829 (14)
Kansas 772 (5)
Arizona 762 (3)
lowa State 661
West Virginia 581
UCF 551
Texas Tech 532
TCU 436
Colorado 400
Baylor 268
BYU 215
Cincinnati 196
Houston 157
Arizona State 141

The Big 12 Championship Game will take place on Dec. 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and will feature the top two teams according to conference records. Last year, Texas defeated Oklahoma State 49-21 to capture its first outright conference title since 2009. The Longhorns went on to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff before falling to Washington in the CFP semifinals.





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