Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Some Good, Some Bad, a Lot to Be Forgotten in Preseason Polling

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Some Good, Some Bad, a Lot to Be Forgotten in Preseason Polling

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Musings at the mid-week:

Upper: Five teams from the Big 12 in the AP preseason football poll.

Downer: Three players from the Big 12 on the AP preseason All-America team.

Not that I really put much stock in anything projected before the season.

Even though I write such material.

When Texas, with a new head coach, can crack the poll coming off a 5-7 finish, it's easy just to shake your head and shrug.

Of course, the highest-ranked Big 12 team, and the preseason league favorite, is No. 7 Oklahoma.

With a new head coach.

Like the reaction from UT's Tom Herman over the Longhorns' No. 23 rating.

"You are what your record says you are. ... Right now, it's a bunch of people guessing, right?''

Of the Big 12 teams not in the initial AP rankings, TCU is the sleeper.

The Horned Frogs just missed out. Questions about quarterback Kenny Hill exist, but Gary Patterson is great at getting his teams to bounce back from disappointment.

In the final poll from the 2016 season, Kansas State was the first team among the others receiving votes and occupied the 26th slot.

Interesting scheduling twist this season: After the first two weeks, Kansas and Kansas State will not play home games on the same weekend.

Sorry, I'm not buying any quarterback controversy in Kansas City.

Until Alex Smith has his first sub-par game and the masses cry for Patrick Mahomes.

Even then, I am convinced Smith is the QB for this season. Barring injury.

Like I wrote after the exhibition opener, though, the presence of a first-round QB the Chiefs traded up to get certainly commands Smith's attention.

I remember in 2001, following the Sept. 11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people in our country, thinking that college football teams should be on the field to observe the playing of the National Anthem.

Now, I wonder if most colleges are fine with their players usually being in the locker room while the Anthem is played. …

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