The Big 12 preseason rankings came out Thursday, and they were not kind to Texas Tech. Not that they should have been, but being ranked ninth above only Kansas hurts no matter how you slice it.

Starting at the top, the Baylor Bears lead the way heading into the season at the top of the Big 12 conference. Despite the fact they're losing a lot of production on both sides of the ball, they return a bunch of beef in the trenches and that's important in Big 12 play. The Bears being ranked first is the first team not named the Oklahoma Sooners to be preseason favorites in six seasons.

The Lincoln Riley-less Sooners came in at number two. Oklahoma State and Texas come in at three and four, while Kansas State stands alone in fifth. Somebody in the Big 12 media believes that Iowa State will win the Big 12, which is ridiculous, and they slotted in at 6th. TCU and West Virginia are the final two teams ranked ahead of the Red Raiders, putting Texas Tech at 9 out of 10.

The official Texas Tech football Twitter account sub-tweeted the list with a pun: "Under-Raided." Let's hope that's the case in Joey McGuire's first season.

First-year offensive coordinator Zach Kittley also responded to the rankings, saying, "Can't wait." Simple. To the point. I love it.

This coaching staff has been aggressive in recruiting over the last six months. I hope they bring that aggressive attitude to the football field as well. Texas Tech has been missing its edge on the gridiron for quite a while.

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