Well, you’re not the only one who misses the Horned Frogs from regularly being featured in the AP Top 25.
For a third straight Sunday, TCU football was left out of the rankings, though not without receiving 20 votes. The Frogs only received 13 votes in previous poll, if that makes you feel any better.
So go ahead and thank Texas for getting the job done against Oklahoma in a wild Red River
Shootout Showdown at the State Fair on Saturday. The Longhorns are now back in the top 10 for the first time since defeating Notre Dame to open the 2016 season (you, know the first time they were “back”), and as a result, TCU’s two losses on the season are now both against teams currently ranked No. 9 or higher in the polls.
That’s not to overlook the soul-searching the Frogs have to do in wake of recent performances, but hey, the resume could be far worse for a team with multiple losses by early October.
Anyways, you’re probably curious about the select number of voters who continue to believe in the squad that Gary Patterson has assembled in Fort Worth. Let’s go ahead and break this thing down.
No. 22 (1) — Kirk Bohls (Austin American-Statesman)
No. 23 (1) — Robert Cessna (Bryan-College Station Eagle)
No. 25 (3) — Ben Jones (Tuscaloosa News), David Briggs (Toledo Blade), Jason Galloway (Wisconsin State-Journal)
So in summary: three voters in Texas, three in Big Ten Country, and one who knows a thing or two about the No. 1 team in the country.
So what can TCU do to get back in the Top 25? Say goodbye to a date with a ranked Texas Tech team, as the Red Raiders dropped out a week ago, but the Frogs do have No. 6 West Virginia and No. 11 Oklahoma left on its schedule. Best case scenario right now, TCU and Texas both run the table before the Frogs win a rematch in the Big 12 title game, but that’s easier said than done. You can also bet that West Virginia won’t be ranked No. 6 by the time TCU heads to Morgantown in that scenario, as the Mountaineers face Texas a week prior to hosting Patterson & Co.
But enough with the hypothetical situations for now. As Patterson would say — onto Tech.