Frogs Surge In Polls
Oct. 19, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU football team is ranked 15th in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls released Sunday.
The Horned Frogs (7-1, 4-0) have their highest national ranking since the final polls in 2005, when TCU concluded its 11-1 campaign at No. 9 in the USA Today Top 25 and No. 11 in the AP poll.
The Frogs haven't been ranked this high in the middle of a season since being 10-0 and at No. 10 by the AP on Nov. 16, 2003.
TCU has a record of 7-1 or better for the fifth time in the last nine seasons. On each previous occasion, the Frogs went on to win at least 10 games. TCU has equaled its best start to a season since 2004.
Following Thursday's 32-7 win over BYU, the Horned Frogs climbed nine spots in the USA Today poll. TCU was 24th last week. The Frogs had been unranked by the AP but were 27th in number of votes received.
The Mountain West Conference has three teams ranked. Utah is 12th in both polls, while BYU is listed 17th by the USA Today and 18th by the AP.
TCU leads the nation in run defense (21.0 yards per game), total defense (218.6), fewest first downs allowed per game (11.6) and time of possession (35:53).
Only two Frog opponents have rushed for more than 25 yards against TCU this season, while just three teams have cracked 200 yards in offense.
The Frogs have scored on their opening offensive series in six of eight games, producing four touchdowns and two field goals. In the two games it did not score on its first possession, TCU produced points on its second series.
TCU has opened with a lead of at least 14-0 in six of its seven wins.