TCU ranked No. 7 in first College Football Playoff rankings of the season

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University presidents who oversee the College Football Playoff decided to expand the playoffs to 12 teams from the current four, but not until 2026 (The Associated Press/Charlie Riedel).


By Jamie Plunkett
Frogs Today staff writer


The TCU Horned Frogs find themselves ranked No. 7 in the first iteration of the College Football Playoff top 25, despite multiple wins over other teams in the rankings.

TCU is behind Alabama at No. 6 and is the lowest ranked undefeated team. This is in spite of the fact that TCU currently sits at 8-0 with two wins over ranked opponents, while Alabama has one loss and just one win over a ranked opponent.

“I think you look at TCU, and we’re looking for a balanced team on offense and defense,” CFP chairman and N.C. State athletic director Boo Corrigan said. “They’ve gotten behind in some games, and when you look at Alabama in the wins against Mississippi State, at Arkansas, at Texas and, obviousl,y the three-point loss at Tennessee, we as a committee decided to go Alabama six and TCU seven.”

Tennessee sits atop the rankings at No. 1, while Ohio State is No. 2 and Georgia is ranked No. 3. Clemson and Michigan round out the top five.

TCU is one of four Big 12 teams ranked in this week’s rankings, along with No. 13 Kansas State, No. 18 Oklahoma State and No. 24 Texas. The SEC, ACC and Pac-12 all have five teams in the rankings, while the Big Ten has four. Tulane leads the Group of 5 showing at No. 19, while Central Florida rounds out the rankings at No. 25.

The Frogs currently have two wins over teams in the top 25 and face off against Texas in two weeks.

While being No. 7 is slightly disappointing for TCU, the rankings have a chance to shake up significantly over the next several weeks. Tennessee and Georgia face off this weekend, and Michigan and Ohio State also face off later this season.

Meanwhile, the Frogs can only control what they can control, which means their focus should be exclusively on Texas Tech coming to town this weekend. The Frogs and Red Raiders kick off at 11 a.m. on Fox.

Jamie Plunkett,


Just a Frog fan covering TCU Athletics.

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