Coming off its first losing season since 1992, the Texas Tech football team was picked ninth out of 10 teams in the Preseason Big 12 Conference Football Poll voted on by the media and released Thursday. The Red Raiders went 5-7 last year and missed out on a bowl for the first time since 1999. Tech finished ahead of only Kansas in the preseason poll with 116 points to 46 for the Jayhawks. Tech brings back 49 letterwinners from last year’s team, including nine starters on both sides of the ball. Included in those returners are members of watch lists for the Davey O’Brien Award (Seth Doege), Doak Walker Award (Eric Stephens) and Biletnikoff Award (Eric Ward) as well as tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who is on both the Outland and Lombardi Award watch lists. With 32 of a possible 41 first-place votes, Oklahoma is the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 this season. Newcomer West Virginia garners seven first place votes to come in second while Texas and Oklahoma State are third and fourth, respectively. TCU and Kansas State each earned one first place vote, with Baylor and Iowa State rounding out the top eight.