Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 18, 2013

Expectations high for Herd; WVU picked 8th

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD —  Marshall has been picked to finish second in the East Division in the Conference USA Football Preseason Poll. The Thundering Herd garnered 82 points and two first-place votes, second only to East Carolina’s 95 points and 11 first-place picks. Tulsa was the runaway winner in the West, taking all 14 first-place votes, and 98 points, followed by Rice...List, B-3.

In other Marshall news, Thundering Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato, who has been selected to the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List — which goes to the nation’s top quarterback — is also the C-USA’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Other Marshall players on the C-USA first team are Tommy Shuler, tight end Gator Hoskins and punter Tyler Williams.

 West Virginia has plenty of bulletin board material. One day after the Mountaineers didn’t have a single player chosen for the All-Big 12 preseason football team, West Virginia was picked to finish eighth in the 10-team Big 12 Football Preseason Poll. West Virginia, which finished with a disappointing 7-6 record last season, is ahead of just Iowa State and Kansas State. Oklahoma State is the favorite to win a second straight Big 12 title...List, B-3.

reseason College Football Polls

Big 12

Oklahoma State (15)    365

Oklahoma (8)    355

Texas Christian (9)    347

Texas (8)        337

Baylor (2)        282

Kansas State (1)    240

Texas Tech        161

West Virginia        126

Iowa State        96

Kansas        56

 Conference USA

East Division

East Carolina (11)    95

Marshall (2)        82

Middle Tennessee (1)    70

Alabama-Birmingham    54

Southern Mississippi    40

Florida Atlantic    28

Florida International    23

West Division  

Tulsa (14)        98

Rice        76

Louisiana Tech    72

Texas-EL Paso    46

North Texas        39

Tulane        31

Texas-San Antonio    30