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Frogs Fall Out of the Top 25

After struggling with an FCS foe and dropping a tough one to Arkansas, TCU finds themselves unranked for the first time in two years.

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TCU is unranked for the first time since the 2014 preseason.

The Frogs, who have ripped off two consecutive double-digit win seasons, dropped their first home contest since November 30th, 2013 (to Baylor) last night to Arkansas, leading to the Hogs jumping into the top 25 and causing the Frogs to fall from #15th to completely out of the top 25.

TCU opened the 2016 campaign as the #13 team in the country, riding the momentum of last year’s surprising ten win season and despite the loss of several key players on offense. But a week one struggle against FCS opponent South Dakota State cost them two spots heading into week two, and the double OT defeat of the hands of the Hogs plummeted out altogether.

TCU is first on the list of ‘receiving votes’ in the Coach’s Poll, essentially leaving them at #26 overall. OU, Texas, and Baylor are the only three Big 12 teams to be ranked, as OSU also dropped out after a controversial loss to CMU on their home field.

Texas has risen all the way to #11 in the AP poll, and sits at #16 in the Coach’s. The Sooners are 14th in both, while the Bears sit at 21st and 19th, respectively. West Virginia makes the list of “also receiving votes” in the Coach’s Poll, with a chance to make the top 25 if they can score a win over BYU this weekend.

The Frogs will have chances to get back into the mix; after consecutive games over unranked opponents (Iowa State at home and SMU on the road), the Frogs will welcome in an Oklahoma squad that should remain ranked, even if they drop a home game to a top five Ohio State team. But for now, I am sure the team, and their coach, is far more concerned about how they’re playing than how they are ranked, as the first two weeks have shown a young group that is far from where they need to be to achieve their preseason goals.

You can see the Coach’s Poll in its entirety here and the AP here.