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TCU Leaps Into the Top Four in AP, Coaches’ Poll

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Two weeks from the first Playoff Rankings, 6-0 TCU holds a pole position.

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TCU has climbed into the all-important Top Four of both major polls today after a wild weekend that saw four top-ten teams lose to unranked opponents. The Frogs, who battled Bill Snyder, Kansas State, and the weather in a wacky 26-6 victory in Manhattan Saturday, jumped ahead of Clemson (who lost to Syracuse) and Washington (who fell to Arizona State) to make it to fourth in both the AP and Coaches Poll.

The Frogs, one of just eight undefeated teams in the FBS, were able to handle their business on the road on a weekend that saw seven ranked programs lose - all to unranked teams. It wasn’t the prettiest victory- for the second straight week- but TCU’s dominating defense and impressive resume - plus attrition at the top - were enough to bump them into the top four with the inaugural playoff ranking of the year coming two weeks from now.

Alabama is now your unanimous #1, with Penn State sliding into the number two spot, and Georgia gaining ground to third. The Frogs trail the Bulldogs by fewer than 100 points, and neither team will face a ranked opponent until November 11th (at Auburn for the Dawgs, at Oklahoma for the Frogs). Meanwhile, Penn State gets Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State over the course of the next three weeks.

Two Big Ten teams trail the Horned Frogs: undefeated Wisconsin and one-loss Ohio State. Of course, Oklahoma trails the Buckeyes despite the head-to-head win earlier this season, due to their loss to Iowa State at home. The Sooners are also behind #7 Clemson (who remains in the top ten despite a loss to an unranked team) and #8 Miami, who jumps to 11th at 5-0, after beating Georgia Tech by one at home. Oklahoma State is back into the top-ten at #10, and West Virginia returns to #23 after a one week hiatus off of their victory to previous #23, Texas Tech.

You can view the entire AP Poll here.

TCU faces Kansas at home Saturday at 7:00pm on Fox, when the Frogs will celebrate Homecoming.

Just. Keep. Winning.