TCU football ranked 20th in Preseason AP Poll

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    TCU is ranked 20th in the Associated Press preseason college football poll released Saturday.
     
    The Horned Frogs, 17th in the USA Today poll released earlier this month, are one of six Big 12 programs in the top 25.
     
    TCU returns 11 starters from last year's 11-2 squad. The Horned Frogs are ranked in the preseason for the sixth time in the last seven years and eighth time since 2000.
     
    TCU is the only school in the nation to win at least 11 games in six of the last seven seasons. The Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games eight times in the last 10 years, including seven campaigns with at least 11 victories.
     
    The Horned Frogs are one of just four programs to finish in the top 15 of both the Associated Press and USA Today polls over the last four seasons. TCU is one of just three schools to win at least six bowl games in the last seven years.
     
    TCU's 77-13 (.856) record since 2005 is the second-best mark in the nation.

    TCU opens the 2012 campaign with a Sept. 8 home game versus Grambling State. It will mark the first contest in TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium after its $164 million rebuild. With a victory, Gary Patterson would become the Horned Frogs' all-time winningest coach. His 109 victories are currently tied for the top spot with Dutch Meyer (1934-52), who led TCU to national championships in 1935 and 1938.

      Record Pts Pv
    1. Southern Cal (25) 10-2 1,445 6
    2. Alabama (17) 12-1 1,411 1
    3. LSU (16) 13-1 1,402 2
    4. Oklahoma (1) 10-3 1,286 16
    5. Oregon 12-2 1,274 4
    6. Georgia 10-4 1,107 19
    7. Florida St. 9-4 1,093 23
    8. Michigan (1) 11-2 1,000 12
    9. South Carolina 11-2 994 9
    10. Arkansas 11-2 963 5
    11. West Virginia 10-3 856 17
    12. Wisconsin 11-3 838 10
    13. Michigan St. 11-3 742 11
    14. Clemson 10-4 615 22
    15. Texas 8-5 569 NR
    16. Virginia Tech 11-3 548 21
    17. Nebraska 9-4 485 24
    18. Ohio St. 6-7 474 NR
    19. Oklahoma St. 12-1 430 3
    20. TCU 11-2 397 14
    21. Stanford 11-2 383 7
    22. Kansas St. 10-3 300 15
    23. Florida 7-6 214 NR
    24. Boise St. 12-1 212 8
    25. Louisville 7-6 105 NR

    Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, North Carolina 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, BYU 22, Tennessee 15, South Florida 11, Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Cincinnati 3, Missouri 3, N.C. State 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi St. 1, N. Illinois 1.