TCU Finishes Second In Major Polls

FORT WORTH ( – TCU finished second in the Associated Press and USA Today college football polls, marking its highest season-ending ranking since its 1938 national championship team was No. 1.

The Horned Frogs (13-0) posted their third straight top-10 final ranking and fourth in the last six years. It’s the first time TCU has finished in the top 10 in three consecutive seasons.

Over the last three years, TCU’s average season-ending ranking of 5.0 tops the nation. The Horned Frogs finished sixth last year and seventh in 2008.

TCU is the only school in the nation to finish in both the AP and USA Today top 10 the last three years.

In 10 seasons under head coach Gary Patterson, TCU has posted seven top-25 finishes.

TCU defeated Wisconsin, 21-19, in the Rose Bowl to cap its first undefeated season since finishing 11-0 and capturing the 1938 national championship.
It’s the first 13-win season at TCU and just the second undefeated and untied campaign in program history.

The Horned Frogs will return 11 starters in 2011.

Coach Gary Patterson says it’s “very gratifying” for his Horned Frogs to be the No. 2 team in the final college football polls.

When Patterson arrived as defensive coordinator after the 1997 season, the Frogs were coming off a 1-10 season. He’s now 98-28 in 10 seasons as head coach, and TCU has won at least 11 games in six of the last eight seasons.

Patterson watched Auburn’s 22-19 BCS championship game victory over Oregon by himself in a hotel room Monday night. He says he watched as a fan, not a coach.

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  • Darren

    I think Wisconsin and Boise State should be ranked ahead of OU. Other than that, these are tolerable final rankings.

    Go FROGS!!

  • cbpphotobug

    Oh please, Oregon would clean TCU’s plow any day of the week. Plus the only reason that TCU won it’s bowl game was because of a Stanford missed field goal. TCU is starting to remind me of OU with their whinning. OU has done it for years when they don’t get the ranking they think they deserve, they whine until someone gets tired of hearing them cry and gives them an undeserved ranking. Whaaaaaaaaa!!!

    • imawhinner

      Could you please elaborate on the “whinning” that TCU has done about their ranking? I need to hear more of your point before I determine that you are an idiot.

  • J B

    There were alot of uninformed folks in the Big 10 that thought Wisconson was going to walk all over TCU, WRONG! Those big boys ran the score up on other Big 10 schools, BUT NOT TCU! Now, when you have the #1 defence two years running, that is not a fluke, that is consistancy! TCU may not be an old power, but they are 15-3 against auto qualifiers in the recent past, that can not be denied. PS: I do not think Oregon would do any better than Wisconson against TCU, that is the neat part about the unknown. Last, BUT NOT LEAST, TCU was ahead of both Oregin and Auburn in the polls at the start of the year, I wander how you get past when you are achieving a perfect season…..BcS, that’s how.

  • JohnnyB

    The coach and the team did not whine at all. Upstanding guys. But one thing this does prove yet again. Champions cannot be picked by AP or USA Today or computers. We need playoffs. Congrats to TCU. You surprised me and millions.

  • ilvrw

    Look at the strength of schedules for Wisconsin, Boise State and OU before you try to make that case. Wisconsin only played one good team this year, TCU and lost. Boise State strength of schedule will kill them every year. Wake up and play (and beat) someone.

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