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Only the TCU Horned Frogs can say, ‘Top 15 football, basketball, baseball’

TCU outfielders Josh Watson (left), Austen Wade and Nolan Brown celebrate after a 4-1 victory against Texas A&M in an elimination game at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., on June 20.
TCU outfielders Josh Watson (left), Austen Wade and Nolan Brown celebrate after a 4-1 victory against Texas A&M in an elimination game at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., on June 20. AP

No. 13, No. 15, No. 9.

TCU this week became the only school in America with its three major men’s sports — football, basketball and baseball — in the top 15 of a major poll at the same time.

The Horned Frogs’ football team is No. 13 in the AP Top 25 (and No. 15 on the College Football Playoff committee list) with a 10-3 record going into next week’s Alamo Bowl game against Stanford.

In basketball, the Frogs are No. 15 in the AP Top 25 (and higher in other places) with an 11-0 record and 16-game winning streak going into a Friday game against William & Mary.

Wednesday, the first of the college baseball polls came out, and TCU was No. 9 on the Collegiate Baseball list. The Frogs, 50-18 last year, are coming off back-to-back national semifinalists years and have been to four consecutive College World Series, including five in eight seasons.

Miami also appears in all three polls, but is not Top 15 in all three. The Hurricanes are 11th in football, sixth in basketball and 20th in baseball.

Five schools are ranked in the AP Top 25 in football and basketball. They are TCU, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame and USC.

Five schools are ranked in the AP Top 25 in football and the Collegiate Baseball Top 40. They are TCU, Clemson, Auburn, Miami and Stanford.

Nine schools are ranked in the AP Top 25 in basketball and the Collegiate Baseball Top 40. They are TCU, North Carolina, Miami, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Virginia, Arizona, Texas Tech and Florida State.

Four more baseball lists are due in January. They are the USA Today coaches poll and the Baseball America, D1Baseball.com and National College Baseball Writers of America rankings.

Collegiate Baseball also named its preseason All-Americans, putting first baseman/DH Luken Baker on the first team and starting pitcher Jared Janczak on the second team. Baker hit eight home runs and drove in 41 runs despite missing the final 21 games of last season with an elbow injury. Janczak was 9-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 15 starts covering 93.1 innings.

TCU’s baseball season begins Feb. 16 with a three-game series at Grand Canyon University.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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