TCU Football Ranked 17th in Preseason USA Today Poll
The TCU football team is ranked 17th in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll.
The Horned Frogs are one of six Big 12 programs in the top 25.
TCU, which returns 11 starters from last year’s 11-2 squad, is ranked in the preseason for the sixth time in the last seven years and eighth time since 2000.
TCU is the only school in the nation to win at least 11 games in six of the last seven seasons. The Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games eight times in the last 10 years, including seven campaigns with at least 11 victories.
The Horned Frogs are one of just four programs to finish in the top 15 of both the Associated Press and USA Today polls over the last four seasons. TCU is one of just three schools to win at least six bowl games in the last seven years.
TCU’s 77-13 (.856) record since 2005 is the second-best mark in the nation.
TCU opens the 2012 campaign with a Sept. 8 home game versus Grambling State. It will mark the first contest in TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium after its $164 million renovation. With a victory, Gary Patterson would become the Horned Frogs’ all-time winningest coach. His 109 victories are currently tied for the top spot with Dutch Meyer.
- TCU wide receiver Brandon Carter has been named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, presented to the most versatile player in college football. Former Horned Frog standout and current New York Jet Jeremy Kerley was a 2010 finalist for the Paul Hornung Award.
- TCU’s Stansly Maponga has been selected to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive end. Maponga, a preseason All-Big 12 selection, also appears on watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Rotary Lombardi Award. He was tabbed by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football as the State’s Best Defensive Lineman.