Huskers Picked 3rd in North

Colorado was picked to win the North division and Texas the
South in a preseason poll of media that cover the Big 12 Conference.

Colorado returns 18 starters off of last year?s Big 12 North
championship team that went 8-5 and won the EV1.net Houston Bowl. The
Buffs received 25 first place votes out of a possible 50 media ballots.
Iowa State was picked second followed by Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas
State and Kansas.

Texas has 17 starters back from last year?s 11-1 squad that won the Rose
Bowl and finished runner-up to Oklahoma in the Big 12 South. The
Longhorns tallied 40 first place votes in the preseason poll. Defending
Big 12 champion Oklahoma was chosen second followed by Texas A&M, Texas
Tech, Oklahoma State and Baylor.

The winners of the North and South divisions will square off for the
2005 Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Dec. 3, at Houston?s Reliant Stadium.
The game will be telecast nationally by ABC at 12 p.m. CT.

Big 12 teams will be in Houston Tuesday-Thursday for the annual Big 12
Football Media Day. The regular season gets underway  with a full slate
of non-conference games on Sept. 3.

        — Big 12 —

2005 Big 12 Media Preseason Football Poll (Media Vote)
North Division
1. Colorado (25) 257
2. Iowa State (14) 231
3. Nebraska (5) 204
4. Missouri (5) 170
5. Kansas State (1) 111
6. Kansas 78

South Division
1. Texas (40) 287
2. Oklahoma (9) 248
3. Texas A&M (1) 195
4. Texas Tech 162
5. Oklahoma State 104
6. Baylor 51