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Saturday, August 8, 2020

KU soccer picked 6th in preseason Big 12 poll

Kansas soccer celebrates its first Big 12 Championship title in program history. KU defeated TCU 1-0 on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Kansas soccer celebrates its first Big 12 Championship title in program history. KU defeated TCU 1-0 on Sunday, Nov. 10.

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The Kansas soccer team won the Big 12 Tournament and advanced to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 a year ago, but according to the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll, expectations outside of Lawrence aren’t as high for the Jayhawks in 2020.

KU showed up at sixth in the preseason poll released this week.

Texas Tech is the Big 12’s preseason favorite, receiving six first-place votes and 72 points, while Oklahoma State is close behind, with three first-place votes and 70 points.

TCU, West Virginia and Texas also appeared in the projections ahead of Kansas.

The Jayhawks return nine starters from last year’s team, which finished 17-5-3.

2020 Big 12 Soccer Preseason Poll

No. 1. Texas Tech (6 1st-place votes), 72 points

No. 2. Oklahoma State (3 1st-place votes), 70 points

No. 3. TCU, 55 points

No. 4. West Virginia, 54 points

No. 5. Texas, 50 points

No. 6. Kansas, 48 points

No. 7. Baylor (1 1st-place vote), 38 points

No. 8. Oklahoma, 31 points

Tied-No. 9. Iowa State and Kansas State, 16

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