For the 11th time under Gary Patterson, TCU Football has finished the season ranked in the Top 25. And for the seventh time, they made it a Top Ten campaign overall.
The Horned Frogs, who won eleven games, beat Stanford in the Alamo Bowl, and played for a Big 12 Championship, finished ninth in the final AP Poll of the year, one of two Big 12 teams in the top ten and one of three to finish in the Top 25.
National Champion Alabama finished #1, of course, followed by Georgia at two. Oklahoma, fresh off of losing the Rose Bowl/opening round of the playoffs in heartbreaking fashion, finished third, followed by Clemson. UCF, the only undefeated team in the country, stalled at sixth, behind two-loss Ohio State, which is frankly ridiculous. Wisconsin, Penn State, and Auburn round out the top ten.
Oklahoma State settled at 14 after beating Virginia Tech in their bowl game on their way to ten wins. TCU’s bowl opponent, Stanford, dropped to 20th overall. The team that stole a NY6 bid from the Frogs, the Washington Huskies, dropped to 16th after falling to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl.
TCU will likely start the 2018 season somewhere in the Top 25, but will have plenty of doubters with all they must replace on both sides of the ball. But for now, we can all enjoy another successful season in Fort Worth.