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Sooners without Stoops still preseason pick to win Big 12

OU Stadium on Saturday, April 8, 2017 just before the spring game (Anthony West / KOKH)

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win another Big 12 title after coach Bob Stoops' surprise retirement.

The Sooners, who last season won their record 10th Big 12 title under Stoops, got 19 of 32 first-place votes in the preseason media poll released Thursday in advance of the league's media days next week.

Lincoln Riley became the youngest FBS head coach when the 33-year-old offensive coordinator was promoted after Stoops stepped down last month. The Sooners have senior quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy finalist who was named the Big 12 preseason offensive player of the year.

Oklahoma State got 12 first-place votes, while Kansas State was picked third with the remaining top ballot. Texas and TCU completed the top half of the poll, followed by West Virginia, Baylor, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas.

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IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma senior quarterback Baker Mayfield and Kansas junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. have been named the preseason Big 12 players of the year. The preseason honors were selected by media who cover the 10-team league. Mayfield was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, when he completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,965 yards with 40 touchdowns. Armstrong last season had 10 sacks and led the Big 12 with 20 tackles for loss.

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