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TCU reaches No. 7 in polls, finishes as top-ranked team in Texas

TCU players celebrate after their overtime victory over Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. The Horned Frogs finished seventh in The Associated Press poll.
TCU players celebrate after their overtime victory over Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. The Horned Frogs finished seventh in The Associated Press poll. Star-Telegram

For a second consecutive season, TCU finished Tuesday as the top-ranked team from the state of Texas in the final college football polls.

The Horned Frogs (11-2) climbed to No. 7 in the postseason Associated Press and coaches polls, one spot ahead of eighth-ranked Houston (13-1), which earned its first top-10 finish in the AP poll since placing fifth in 1979.

It marked the Frogs’ fifth top-10 finish in the AP rankings in the past eight seasons, following efforts of third (2014), second (2010), third (2009) and seventh (2008).

Great for the seniors and the team to end up in the Top 10 after all that happened to them. They will be remembered.

TCU coach Gary Patterson

This might be one of the most memorable top-10 finishes for TCU, considering the large number of injuries and missed games that threatened to derail its season.

“Great for the seniors and the team to end up in the top 10 after all that happened to them,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “They will be remembered.”

TCU has been the state’s top-ranked team in the final polls in three of the past six seasons (2015, 2014, 2010). The Horned Frogs secured their final spot this season with a historic rally to defeat Oregon 47-41 in triple overtime at the Valero Alamo Bowl after trailing 31-0 at halftime. The Frogs’ comeback, which matched the largest rally by any bowl winner in postseason history, allowed them to climb four spots in the final poll.

3 Teams from the state of Texas ranked in the final AP Top 25 (No. 7 TCU, No. 8 Houston, No. 13 Baylor). Four Big 12 teams did so (No. 5 Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, No. 20 Oklahoma State).

The only other team from Texas to crack the final AP Top 25 was No. 13 Baylor (10-3), which posted the Bears’ third consecutive finish of 13th or higher in the final AP poll. Baylor was No. 7 in 2014 and No. 13 in 2013. The Bears climbed five spots in the final rankings after knocking off North Carolina 49-38 in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Among other area teams in The Associated Press poll, Oklahoma (11-2) finished fifth and Oklahoma State (10-3) checked in at No. 20. The biggest mover from the Lone Star State was Houston, which climbed six spots after taking down then-No. 10 Florida State 38-24 in the Peach Bowl to emerge as the highest-ranked team from outside of a Power 5 conference in the final poll.

Houston, winner of the American Athletic Conference, earned the highest postseason ranking of any team from outside a Power 5 league since Boise State finished No. 8 in the 2011 final rankings.

Staff writer Carlos Mendez contributed to this report.

Carlos Mendez and Travis L. Brown break down TCU's record-breaking, comeback Alamo Bowl win and review the season as a whole. (Video: Travis L. Brown)

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AP Top 25

Team Record

Points

Previous

1. Alabama (61) 14-1

1,525

2

2. Clemson 14-1

1,464

1

3. Stanford 12-2

1,360

5

4. Ohio St. 12-1

1,342

7

5. Oklahoma 11-2

1,270

4

6. Michigan St. 12-2

1,227

3

7. TCU 11-2

1,098

11

8. Houston 13-1

1,050

14

9. Iowa 12-2

981

6

10. Mississippi 10-3

975

16

11. Notre Dame 10-3

953

8

12. Michigan 10-3

911

17

13. Baylor 10-3

820

18

14. Florida St. 10-3

630

9

15. North Carolina 11-3

563

10

16. LSU 9-3

546

22

17. Utah 10-3

499

20

18. Navy 11-2

465

21

19. Oregon 9-4

391

15

20. Oklahoma St. 10-3

372

13

21. Wisconsin 10-3

332

23

22. Tennessee 9-4

260

NR

23. Northwestern 10-3

203

12

24. W. Kentucky 12-2

128

25

25. Florida 10-4

126

19

Others receiving votes: Georgia 109, Washington St. 51, Mississippi St. 47, San Diego St. 44, Arkansas 28, Toledo 28, Southern Cal 10, Appalachian St. 7, Boise St. 4, Duke 3, Temple 2, BYU 1.

Coaches poll

Team

Record

Points

1. Alabama (56)

14-1

1,400

2. Clemson

14-1

1,344

3. Stanford

12-2

1,235

4. Ohio State

12-1

1,231

5. Oklahoma

11-2

1,172

6. Michigan State

12-2

1,121

7. TCU

11-2

1,020

8. Houston

13-1

928

9. Ole Miss

10-3

919

10. Iowa

12-2

862

11. Michigan

10-3

812

12. Notre Dame

10-3

781

13. Baylor

10-3

763

14. Florida State

10-3

645

15. North Carolina

11-3

543

16. Utah

10-3

499

17. LSU

9-3

485

18. Navy

11-2

402

19. Oklahoma State

10-3

392

20. Oregon

9-4

356

21. Wisconsin

10-3

307

22. Northwestern

10-3

207

23. Tennessee

9-4

190

24. Georgia

10-3

173

25. Florida

10-4

141

Others receiving votes: Western Kentucky 73; San Diego State 55; Toledo 27; Washington State 23; Temple 18; Mississippi State 18; Marshall 15; Arkansas 11; Appalachian State 9; Boise State 8; Louisville 7; Memphis 2; Duke 2; Southern California 2; West Virginia 1; Georgia Southern 1.

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