Oklahoma State was selected third, Oklahoma seventh by conference coaches in the Big 12 Preseason Poll announced by the league office Thursday.
Kansas was the unanimous choice for the top spot, receiving 81 points. The Jayhawks received 81 points and were followed by Baylor (63), OSU (60), Texas (58), Kansas State (54), West Virginia (45), OU (34), Iowa State (28), Texas Tech (18) and TCU (9).
Oklahoma was picked ninth in last year's preseason league poll and went on to finish in eighth place in Lon Kruger's first season with the Sooners.
The ranking of third is OSU's highest in the preseason coaches poll since the 2006-2007 season.
The Cowboys begin its regular season on November 9th, while the Sooners tip off two days later in Norman.