Those voting in the poll: Adam Grosbard, Reece Graham, Matthew Berger, Spenser Davis,  Alex Miller, Matthew Cardenas, Michael Shapiro and Brett Vito.

Rankings

First-place votes in parenthesis

Rank/school Points
1. TCU (8) 96
2. Texas 84
3. Texas A&M 83
4. Houston 66
5. Texas Tech 64
6. North Texas 55
7. Baylor 51
8. SMU 42
9. UTSA 32
10. Texas State 23
11. Rice 17
12. UTEP 11

1. TCU (11-3)

TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson and his team wait to take the field against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big XII Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Tom Fox/Staff Photographer

TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson and his team wait to take the field against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big XII Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

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)

Texas head coach Tom Herman raises the championship trophy after a win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in Houston. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

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Texas head coach Tom Herman raises the championship trophy after a win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in Houston. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

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)

Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher, center, sings the school song with his team after a Texas A&M University Maroon and White scrimmage football game on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Ashley Landis/Staff Photographer

Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher, center, sings the school song with his team after a Texas A&M University Maroon and White scrimmage football game on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

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)

FILE - This Oct. 7, 2017 file photo shows SMU offensive lineman Evan Brown (63) trying to block Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) during a game in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

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FILE – This Oct. 7, 2017 file photo shows SMU offensive lineman Evan Brown (63) trying to block Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) during a game in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

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.

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