The Texas Tech football team will have a proverbial chip on their shoulders going into the fall.

The Red Raiders were picked to finish eighth Thursday in the Big 12 football preseason poll, which was voted on by media representatives.

Oklahoma, which is looking to win four consecutive conference titles, was picked first for the third straight season in the 10-team league. West Virginia and TCU rounded out the top 3 squads following the Sooners, who collected 46 out of a total 52 first-place votes.

The top two finishers in the conference standings will compete in the Big 12 Football Championship Game set for Dec. 1 for the league crown.

Texas Tech is coming off 6-7 campaign which included a bowl game loss to USF in the Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. The Red Raiders ended their conference slate with a 3-6 mark, defeating Kansas, Baylor and notching a road win against Texas to secure a 6-6 mark and bowl eligibility.

In five years under Kingsbury, Texas Tech has amassed a record of 16-29 but look to improve that mark with a defense which expects to return 10 starters and 10 two-deep players in the fall.

Dakota Allen, Justus Parker and Jah'Shawn Johnson, who were named first-team preseason All-Big 12 on Wednesday, are included in the group. Johnson leads the Red Raider stop troop returners with 37 starts during his career.

In addition, the offensive line returns five starters to go along with a majority of its reserves from a season ago. Terence Steele, who played right tackle, leads the quintet with 25 starts over his career.

The biggest questions revolve around wide receiver production and will be who will be chosen to play quarterback for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech's top three leading receivers — Keke Coutee (93-1,429 yards, 10 touchdowns), Dylan Cantrell (71-816, seven TDs) and Cameron Batson (59-487, five TDs) — are gone. Coutee and Cantrell were selected in the most recent NFL draft, while Batson exhausted his eligibility due to graduation.

The next top receiver is sophomore T.J. Vasher, who ended with 29 catches for 487 yards and five touchdowns last season.

Under center, Jett Duffey, Alan Bowman and McLane Carter are three signal callers expected to compete for the starting job. Duffey, a sophomore, has been in catch-up mode following a two-semester suspension in 2017 and was also among four players suspended for misdemeanor arrests back on March 25.

Bowman, a first-semester freshman from Grapevine, has impressed Kingsbury and the staff thanks to his ability to pick up the playbook and make accurate passes under duress during spring. Carter, a junior left-handed quarterback, saw action in four games and earned one start against on the road in the regular-season finale against Texas last season.

Texas Tech begins the regular season with an 11 a.m. Sept 1 neutral-site contest against Ole Miss as part of the AdvoCare Texas Tech Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston.