Those voting in the poll: Adam Grosbard, Reece Graham, Matthew Berger, Spenser Davis, Alex Miller, Matthew Cardenas, Michael Shapiro and Brett Vito.
First-place votes in parenthesis
|1. TCU (8)||96|
|3. Texas A&M||83|
|5. Texas Tech||64|
|6. North Texas||55|
|10. Texas State||23|
1. TCU (11-3)
Bolstered by the highest rated recruiting class in program history, the Horned Frogs look to pick up right where they left off in 2017 and reach the Big 12 championship game again. Depth at every position will carry TCU far, but the performance of sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson and many new faces on the offensive line will determine the Frogs’ ceiling. (Graham)
2. Texas (7-6)
The Longhorns should continue to build on their first bowl win since 2012, growing behind another year of experience at quarterback. The defense has talent in spades, bolstered in the secondary by a trio of highly-touted freshman. (Shapiro)
3. Texas A&M (7-6)
The Aggies return a multitude of starters on both sides of the ball that saw significant playing time last season, which benefits Jimbo Fisher. A&M should see even more progress in its defense this year, but must run through a gauntlet of a schedule. (Miller)
4. Houston (7-5)
Houston finished 7-5 in its first season under Major Applewhite. They will return DE Ed Oliver, who could be one of the top picks in the NFL draft.