TCU, the state’s top-ranked college football team in the preseason rankings, fell out of Sunday’s weekly polls after Saturday night’s 41-38 loss to Arkansas in Amon G. Carter Stadium.
TCU was unranked by voters in The Associated Press poll and the coaches poll for the first time this season. Last week, TCU was No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 12 in the coaches rankings.
The Horned Frogs (1-1) began the season at No. 13 in the AP’s preseason poll but have dropped in two consecutive polls after allowing a combined 82 points in the first two weeks of the season. TCU opens Big 12 play Saturday against Iowa State (0-2) in Fort Worth with a chance to rebound from Saturday’s double-overtime loss to the Razorbacks, which followed a 59-41 victory over South Dakota State, an FCS opponent, to begin the season.
After the loss to Arkansas, in which the Frogs had an interception returned for a touchdown and lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin, coach Gary Patterson said: “You feel like you gave one away … We had the opportunities. Like I told the team, we’ve got 10 more chances.”
TCU’s next chance against Iowa State (11 a.m., FS1) will be the first conference game on this year’s Big 12 schedule. The Frogs will enter the contest trailing four other teams from the Lone Star State in this week’s AP poll: No. 6 Houston (2-0), No. 11 Texas (2-0), No. 17 Texas A&M (2-0) and No. 21 Baylor (2-0).
Arkansas (2-0), after Saturday’s triumph in Fort Worth, landed in the No. 24 spot in both of Sunday’s updated polls.
Among Big 12 schools, No. 14 Oklahoma (1-1) held its place in Sunday’s AP poll heading into this week’s showdown against No. 3 Ohio State (2-0) in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma State (1-1) fell out of both polls after Saturday’s 30-27 loss to Central Michigan.