Baylor Makes First Appearance Atop Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll


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After winning last season’s Big 12 Football Championship, Baylor was picked to repeat in the Conference’s 2022 preseason poll, voted on by media representatives. The Bears are the top choice in the rankings for the first time in Big 12 history and broke Oklahoma’s six-year streak as the favorite.

First-place votes were spread among five teams with Baylor receiving 17 and a total of 365 points. Oklahoma placed second with 12 and 354 points. Oklahoma State, also a participant in the 2021 Big 12 Football Championship Game, nabbed nine first-place selections with 342 points. Texas claimed two and a total of 289 points while Kansas State rounded out the top five in the poll with 261 points. Iowa State also received a first-place vote to place sixth with 180 points. The remaining positions were 7. TCU (149 points), 8. West Virginia (147 points), 9. Texas Tech (119 points) and 10. Kansas (48 points).

Big 12 Football Media Days, Presented by Old Trapper will be conducted next Wednesday and Thursday, July 13-14. Coverage from both days will be provided on ESPNU and Big 12 Now on ESPN+, including the introductory press conference for incoming commissioner Brett Yormark on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. CT. For additional information, follow and the Conference’s official social media platforms.

2022 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll
1.    Baylor (17), 365
2.    Oklahoma (12), 354
3.    Oklahoma State (9), 342
4.    Texas (2), 289
5.    Kansas State, 261
6.    Iowa State (1), 180
7.    TCU, 149
8.    West Virginia, 147
9.    Texas Tech, 119
10.    Kansas, 48
First-place votes in parenthesis.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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