What do the Big 12 preseason rankings mean?

first_imgTCU022 RankTeamPoints TCU2 spots 9Iowa State121 6Texas Tech308 5Oklahoma State312 3Kansas State377 Texas Tech1.2 spots OU1 8West Virginia170 Oklahoma State1 Baylor2 Texas2 Texas369 Kansas459 Texas.8 spots West Virginia011 Baylor.9 spots Oklahoma State1 spot Oklahoma State666 Iowa State1.2 spots TCU1 Kansas State4 KliffThe Big 12 preseason polls are out and people are probably more worried about them than they should be. Or are they? Here’s what the top 10 looks like according to the media as we head into the 2014 season: Bill Snyder gonna Bill Synder. Of the 14 times KSU has been incorrectly picked 10 of them have been because they were picked too low.OSU has been picked too low three of the last five years and too high only once since 2007 (and that was last year at No. 1). Here’s that chart: TeamToo lowToo highPerfect Texas Tech1242 10Kansas63 TeamBig misses 4Texas376 Kansas State1.7 spots Baylor6210 Iowa State846 7TCU297 So our Pokes are picked 5th which seems pretty fair given that we’re losing approximately 392 seniors from last year’s 10-2 team. But how accurate is the media historically when it comes to picking these things?I went back over the 18-year history of the conference to get an answer to that question. Here’s a look at how much (on average) each team’s slot varies from where it finishes in the postseason.Obviously this favors teams that are traditionally consistent (Kansas and Baylor at the bottom, OU and Texas at the top) but it’s still fun to look at. OU.8 spots Texas Tech1 OU468 Iowa State2 Kansas.8 spots We always whine about OU and Texas being overrated — and I think they are nationally — but OSU is right there with both of them when it comes to being picked too high traditionally in the Big 12.Also, beware of Tech and KSU. And finally my favorite chart. The one that shows big misses (mis-slotting a team by three or more in the preseason): 2Baylor508 West Virginia6 spots 1OU548 TeamVariance West Virginia1 Kansas1 Kansas State1044 OSU’s only big miss came in 2010 when it was picked fifth and finished second. Kansas State was picked eighth in 2011 and finished second and sixth in 2012 and won the whole dang thing (sorry, OU).I’m not sure how much these tell us about the upcoming season but I think they voice a good narrative overall. Or maybe confirm some narratives we thought we had. Kansas State is always scary. OU is always consistent — of the eight times it was picked perfectly, six (!) were a first-place finish. And OSU is as evenly distributed as a team can get.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment. If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more