But the league’s players give the slight edge to Baylor as the team to beat in the Big 12 this season.
This week, the Big 12 blog team anonymously polled 30 of the 39 players that attended Big 12 media days.
Oklahoma received 47 of 56 first-place media votes in the Big 12’s preseason poll, which was released last week. But 43 percent of the players polled said the defending Big 12 champion Bears were actually the team to beat in the league, narrowly topping the Sooners.
The players were asked several other questions about the league, including its most impressive coach, its most obnoxious team, and its most underrated player.
The results of the poll:
(Note: players were not allowed to answer their own school or any teammate in any of the questions)
Who is the team to beat this year in the Big 12?
Kansas State: 6%
Oklahoma State: 6%
Who is the league’s most impressive coach?
Kliff Kingsbury: 24%
Bill Snyder: 21%
Art Briles: 17%
Bob Stoops: 14%
If you could draft an opposing Big 12 player and put him on your team, who would it be?
Baylor QB Bryce Petty: 27%
Baylor WR Antwan Goodley: 15%
Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett: 12%
Kansas State QB Jake Waters: 12%
Who is the league’s most underrated player?
TCU DT Davion Pierson: 10%
Iowa State TE E.J. Bibbs: 10%
Other answers: Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller, Texas Tech LB Sam Eguavoen, Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma State LB Ryan Simmons, Baylor DE Shawn Oakman, Kansas State C BJ Finney, TCU CB Kevin White, Baylor RB Devin Chafin, Baylor RB Johnny Jefferson, Kansas State CB Randall Evans, Oklahoma State DT James Castleman
Who is the team you’re most fired up to play?
Kansas State: 21%
Who is the most obnoxious team in the league?
Texas Tech: 14%
What program has the best pregame intro?
Oklahoma State: 19%
Who do you predict will make the inaugural playoff?
(Note: Players were allowed to include Big 12 teams here)
Florida State: 20%
Other top vote-getters: Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Stanford
So which schools scored with recruits for the best food, top facilities, greatest campus atmosphere and coolest uniforms?
The senior cornerback and three-year starter told reporters the same thing Tuesday at Big 12 media days. Diggs is convinced the reason for the Longhorns' recent woes has everything to do with the buy-in from its players.
"I told Coach Strong that I just feel like we had guys on the team that just didn't love football the way they should. That's something that I've always sensed since I've been here: We had guys that just didn't love football," Diggs said. "If you don't love football, you don't need to be a part of this university or a part of this team. That's just something I feel greatly and strong about.
"I'm one of those guys where, you don't need to give me a pep talk to go out and play the game I love. I want to go out there, I want to be tough, I want to be physical with guys. I think when I'm healthy I'm one of the best players in the country, no doubt about it. I have a voice on this team and it means a lot and I say what I want to say around these guys. Those guys look up to me. Guys that don't respect it, I really don't care."
What happened to the guys who didn't love football? Have they all been removed from the picture? Diggs isn't looking to name names, but said simply: "If you don't love football, you're not going to play here."
Diggs has little sympathy for the players who will get singled out by Strong's staff for not buying in and getting their jobs done.
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