Five Big 12 teams ranked in AP's preseason Top 25

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

There weren't many surprises when the Associated Press released its media poll earlier this morning with five Big 12 teams ranked in its Top 25.

Texas is ranked second and Oklahoma third behind defending national champion Florida.

Oklahoma State is tied for ninth, Nebraska returns to the Top 25 at No. 24 and Kansas is ranked No. 25.

It marks the sixth time in the conference's history that five Big 12 teams have been ranked in the AP's preseason poll. The other years were in 2008, 2002, 2000, 1999 and 1996.

Two other Big 12 teams received votes. Texas Tech was ranked 31st and Missouri was tied for 45th.

We've got an ESPN Power Poll which I think will rank right up there with the AP poll. I've always thought the media poll is a little bit more credible than the coaches' poill, mainly because I know that we media members didn't have any sports information directors or football operations directors either voting for us or helping us with our picks. And also, the polls are public record each week at the AP's Web site. I don't see the coaches doing that. And it's their loss.

I'll be back later today with some factoids about each team and their preseason polling histories.