TCU is the best team in the Big 12 heading into the 2018 college football season.
In his latest preseason top 25 poll for the upcoming season, Mandel ranks the Horned Frogs as the eighth best team in the country. He sites the potential emergence of sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson, as well as talented receiving corps and another stout defense.
While Patterson did bring in his strongest recruiting class in school history this past Spring, there are concerns about how TCU will replace several starters along the offensive line (a point which Mandel acknowledges).
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Star-Telegram
TCU's ranking is the highest of any team in the Big 12, including Oklahoma, who slides in at No. 11. The Sooners have won the last three Big 12 regular-season titles as well as the conference's championship game for the 2017 season.
The last time a team other than Oklahoma won the Big 12 regular-season crown was back in 2014, when the Horned Frogs finished 12-1 overall and 8-1 in the conference.
Here is Mandel's Top 25:
3. Ohio State
7. Michigan State
You can see Mandel's full on The Athletic.