Lincoln Riley not picked as conference’s top coach

Depending on which publication you are reading, it usually reads the same way in predicting which football team will win the Big 12 Conference in 2018.

Oklahoma, despite losing Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Baker Mayfield, is the clear-cut favorite to win its fourth straight conference crown.

And depending on which publication you pick up, teams 2-7 can be slotted in any number of ways.

Kansas is at No. 10 and Baylor and Texas Tech are just above.

But where to put West Virginia, Texas Christian, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas and Iowa State is a jumble.

The College Football News released several preseason predictions for this fall and for the most part, they agree with many other preseason polls and predictions.

The CFN has it 1. Oklahoma, 2 West Virginia, 3. Oklahoma State, 4, TCU, 5. Kansas State, 6. Texas, 7. Iowa State, 8. Texas Tech, 9. Baylor and 10. Kansas.

The CFN has more confidence in Oklahoma State than many other polls, and has Kansas State finishing above Texas.

The CFN went even farther and predicted an over-under of total wins by each team in the Big 12 this season.

They are Oklahoma (10), Texas (8.5), Oklahoma State (8), TCU (7.5), West Virginia (7), Iowa State (6.5), Kansas State (6), Texas Tech (6), Baylor (6) and Kansas (3).

But when ranking the coaches in the Big 12, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley didn’t get the nod.

The CFN thinks the best coach in the Big 12 is TCU’s Gary Patterson, mostly because of his resume of 10 11-win seasons in the past 15 years and finishing in the top 10 in the nation the last four seasons.

It’s understandable, since Riley only has one year under his belt, but what a year it was, going 12-2 with a semifinal appearance and a Big 12 championship.

Coming in at No. 3 is Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy. Rounding out the 10 coaches is Tom Herman at Texas, Dana Holgerson at West Virginia, Bill Snyder at Kansas State, Matt Campbell at Iowa State, Matt Rhule at Baylor, Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech and David Beaty at Kansas.

NOTE: The CFN picked the University of Tulsa to win four games this season and to finish last in the American Athletic Conference’s West Division. Overall, the Golden Hurricane are picked to finish 10th in the 12-team conference.