Baylor sits at No. 4, with Oklahoma at No. 19. Here's the full top 10.
1. Ohio State (61) - 1,525
2. TCU - 1,428
3. Alabama - 1,322
4. Baylor - 1,263
5. Michigan State - 1,256
6. Auburn - 1,192
7. Oregon - 1,156
8. USC - 1,085
9. Georgia - 991
10. Florida State - 959
A historic preseason poll, indeed.
Both rankings were historic highs for the two programs in the AP preseason poll. TCU opened sixth in 2010, the season it beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.
Interesting stats inside, it's actually a decent piece.
Looking back at the last 20 preseason Top 25 polls, the team ranked No. 2 has normally done quite well. Six times that team won the national title, and 12 times that No. 2 team finished in the top four. The only real preseason No. 2 dog was Notre Dame in 2006; that team finished the season 17th.
Solid piece documenting the rise of TCU and Utah to where they are currently.
But both broke through last fall, most impressively TCU. The Horned Frogs went 12-1, just missed the College Football Playoff and finished ranked No. 3, despite not being ranked in the preseason. Utah went 9-4, posted its first winning Pac-12 record at 5-4 and finished ranked No. 21.
Not sure I totally agree with this list, simply because of the depth at WR and RB.
Emanuel Porter, So., WR. A graduate of Lincoln High School, Porter has the potential to be an excellent receiving option for TCU this year and beyond. Porter was a highly-coveted recruit out of Lincoln, picking TCU over Texas in a back-and-forth recruitment in 2014. He had just 12 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in limited time last year, but with David Porter graduating, Emanuel Porter can be the guy to step in and take over some targets. He represents a long, skilled option that can move around the field and will be dangerous from wherever he lines up.
It's a pretty stacked top 10.
The preseason pecking orders are set for college football teams in both The Associated Press and the coaches polls, with TCU and Baylor among the contenders to crack the College Football Playoff’s four-team bracket that will determine the national champion.
TCU falls to 0-2-0 with the loss.
A goal in the 82nd minute by Arkansas proved to be the difference as TCU dropped a heart-breaking 1-0 decision Sunday night at Razorback Field.