One Baylor football player selected to preseason Big 12 defensive squad

The Mountaineers, on the other hand, haven't been picked higher than sixth in the preseason poll since their inaugural season in the conference in 2012. After downing Oklahoma State 38-20 in the Big 12 finale to win the league crown, OU beat Auburn 35-19 in the Sugar Bowl and finished No. 3 in the Amway Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the AP Top 25 Poll.

Risner started all 13 games at right tackle in 2016 after starting every game at center the year prior. A member of the 2017 Bednarik Award watch list, Reed tied for second on the team with 75 tackles to go along with three interceptions. That makes it hard for an outlier like West Virginia to grab notoriety. An Iowa State ground game up the middle in the next game limited Armstrong to four tackles. If the Sooners were to win the 2017 title, it would be their third straight Big 12 title.

Underdog programs adore playing up the disrespect narrative this time of year, and to that end, the All-Big 12 preseason team fed West Virginia a heap of talking points.

The Big 12 preseason honors released Wednesday were selected by media who cover the 10-team league. Monday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 18, the annual Big 12 Football Media Days will be conducted in Frisco and televised live on FS2 and other FOX Sports affiliates from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m.

The Big 12 is expecting another standout year from Kansas junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. Exclusive coverage from the event will also be available on the Big 12's digital platforms - Big12Sports.com.

Armstrong and the Kansas team will begin the 2017 season on Saturday, September 2 against Southeast Missouri State at Memorial Stadium. Kansas State followed with one first place vote to round out the top three.

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