College Football Preseason Top 25: #6 TCU

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

The Horned Frogs return in 2010 with a loaded roster on both sides of the ball. Al Dannity likes TCU to make another run to the BCS in 2010.

The schedule TCU opens the season with a chance to enter the National Championship discussion straight away. The Horned Frogs meeting with Oregon State in Cowboys Stadium could see an early start to the BCS title talk in Fort Worth. The clash with in-state rivals SMU on September 24 is the only other highlight before conference play begins.

The visit of Brigham Young on October 16 could see two ranked Mountain West teams square off in mid-season, while the Horned Frogs trip to Utah on November 6 will almost certainly be a clash of ranked opponents.

The players In terms of the depth of returning talent on both sides of the ball, there’s only one team in this entire list that I rate higher than TCU. You’ll have to wait until next week to find out who that is. With 9 returning All-MWC players, the 2010 Horned Frogs look set to be just as dominant as the 2009 edition.

The bulk of TCU’s dominant defense is back, with 7 returning starters including the outstanding defensive line duo of Cory Grant and Wayne Daniels. The offense is even more stacked with 9 returning starters, including quarterback Andy Dalton. The signal caller has a wealth of options to work with, most notably Jeremy Kerley. College Football betting fans should pay close attention to the wide receiver, who is also a threat in the return game.

The forecast Last year was the first time in the BCS era that two teams from outside the power-conferences crashed the party. TCU is going to help ensure that happens in back-to-back seasons. Unfortunately the Horned Frogs are poised to end up on the outside looking in yet again when the BCS National Championship is played. Despite having a decent conference schedule with two tough opponents, the lack of marquee names on the Horned Frogs’ schedule will almost certainly keep TCU out of the national title picture. It’s unfortunate, I’d go so far as to say it’s unfair, but it’s also a sad reality.

I like the Horned Frogs to run the table and go 12-0, making them the first team on this countdown to stay perfect in the regular season. The trip to Utah is the only game I consider questionable as the Utes possess a talented outfit and home-field advantage counts for a lot in conference play. Despite this challenge I still see TCU recording a perfect season and essentially forcing their way into an at-large bid, much like Boise State did in 2009.