Within days of being hailed as one of the nation’s top college football teams in one set of post-spring football power ratings, TCU has been omitted from the updated Top 25 list posted Tuesday night by ESPN.com.
The site’s latest rankings, prepared by ESPN senior writer Mark Schlabach, had TCU, Florida and Boise State falling out of the Top 25 based on evidence gleaned from spring practices. Taking the place of those schools in Schlabach’s updated rankings were Texas A&M (No. 21), Miami (No. 24) and Louisville (No. 25).
The timing of the update is interesting because the item followed a Monday post by Stewart Mandel of FoxSports.com that placed TCU at No. 6 in his set of post-spring football rankings, the highest placement of any Big 12 school. TCU finished 11-2 last season and No. 7 in the Associated Press’ postseason poll.
In the latest ESPN rankings, the Big 12 is represented by Oklahoma (No. 5), Baylor (No. 7) and Oklahoma State (No. 15). Texas-based schools in the ESPN mix were Houston (No. 18) and Texas A&M (No. 21), with TCU omitted for the first time in any set of 2016 rankings posted this spring.
In explaining the move, Schlabach said: “It’s tough dropping the Horned Frogs. But when you look at the losses of Trevone Boykin, Josh Doctson and others, I think it will be difficult for Gary Patterson to reload this season.”
Expect those words to be used as motivation during the offseason by coach Gary Patterson and his returning players.
In addition to the ESPN shutout, placements for TCU in other sets of post-spring football rankings by media outlets have included No. 21 (Bleacher Report), No. 15 (SI.com) and No. 6 (Fox).