TCU football finished in the AP Top 10 on Tuesday for the fourth time since the start of the 2010 season, coming in at No. 9 in the final poll for the 2017 season.
The four top 10 finishes are the most of any Texas-based college football team in that span. No other team in the Lone Star State has notched more than one top 10 finish over the course of the decade.
And that’s just the beginning.
Between every other college football team in Texas, only three top 10 finishes have been recorded as a whole since the 2010 season.
Texas A&M, propelled by Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, finished No. 5 in the final AP poll of the 2012 season. Baylor came in at No. 7 following a Cotton Bowl loss to cap off the 2014 season, while Houston finished the 2015 season ranked No. 8 under the leadership of first-year head coach Tom Herman.
To be clear, Texas was ranked No. 2 in January 2010 after losing to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. But those numbers reflect the 2009 season.
And then there are Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs — at least one step above the rest of the competition.
The Horned Frogs’ sustained success in the state could be playing greater dividends at some point as well. David Ubben of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football wrote that TCU is the closest to a national championship of any Texas school.
TCU fans will have to wait at least one more offseason to see if that dream becomes a reality in January 2019. The Horned Frogs were in playoff position this past fall before they were dealt a loss to Iowa State on Oct. 28 — the team’s first defeat of the 2017 season. Two more losses to Oklahoma before the year ended ultimately derailed any remaining hope of playing for a national championship.
But one thing is for sure — the Horned Frogs run the state, and that might not be changing anytime soon.
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