Could TCU football be underrated again?
The Horned Frogs did not crack the first Amway Coaches Poll (formerly USA Today) released Thursday, coming in as the 28th team in the “others receiving votes” category.
With a more experienced defense and Kenny Hill determined to have a more consistent season at quarterback, TCU might be primed again to surprise some teams ... and the so-called experts.
Five Big 12 teams did make the Top 25, led by No. 8 Oklahoma. Oklahoma State is ranked 11th, followed by No. 19 Kansas State, No. 20 West Virginia and No. 23 Texas.
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The Longhorns, coming off a disappointing 5-7 season under departed coach Charlie Strong, are the only Texas team to make the Top 25. They are hoping to make an immediate impact under new coach Tom Herman, but will face an early severe test Sept. 16 at Southern Cal which is ranked No. 4.
Texas A&M, entering a crucial season under coach Kevin Sumlin, is unranked.
Who’s No. 1?
Big surprise. It’s Alabama. The Crimson Tide, who were upended by Clemson in the national championship game, received 49 of 65 first-place votes by participating coaches. The defending champion Tigers received the second-most first-place votes with seven, but are ranked fifth.
The TCU head coach describes the impact of adding former head coaches Sonny Dykes (analyst) and Chris Thomsen (offensive line) to the staff.
Top 25 Amway Coaches Poll
2. Ohio State
3. Florida State
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6. Penn State
11. Oklahoma State
19. Kansas State
20. West Virginia
21. South Florida
22. Virginia Tech
Others receiving votes
Washington State 99; Colorado 72; TCU 58; Boise State 49; Notre Dame 49; Texas A&M 46; Pittsburgh 45; North Carolina State 39; Oregon 37; Northwestern 25; Nebraska 23; Memphis 22; Arkansas 22; Mississippi State 19; San Diego State 18; Appalachian State 11; Brigham Young 10; Georgia Tech 10; Tulsa 10; Wyoming 9; Western Michigan 8; Temple 8; North Carolina 8; Houston 7; Troy 6; Minnesota 6; Iowa 5; Louisiana Tech 4; Syracuse 3; Arizona 2; Army 1; Colorado State 1; Michigan State 1; Maryland 1; Toledo 1; UCLA 1.
The 65 coaches participating in this year’s poll are as follows: Major Applewhite, Houston; David Bailiff, Rice; David Beaty, Kansas; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; John Bonamego, Central Michigan; Terry Bowden, Akron; Jeff Brohm, Purdue; Matt Campbell, Iowa State; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Butch Davis, Florida International; Dave Doeren, North Carolina State; DJ Durkin, Maryland; Shawn Elliott, Georgia State; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Luke Fickell, Cincinnati; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; P.J. Fleck, Minnesota; James Franklin, Penn State; Willie Fritz, Tulane; Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech; Bryan Harsin, Boise State; Clay Helton, Southern California; Tom Herman, Texas; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Joey Jones, South Alabama; Mike Leach, Washington State; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Tim Lester, Western Michigan; Seth Littrell, North Texas; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Derek Mason, Vanderbilt; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Jeff Monken, Army; Philip Montgomery, Tulsa; Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina; Jim Mora, UCLA; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Barry Odom, Missouri; Gary Patterson, TCU; Mike Riley, Nebraska; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Rolovich, Hawaii; Nick Saban, Alabama; Tony Sanchez, UNLV; Mike Sanford Jr., Western Kentucky; Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State; Bill Snyder, Kansas State; Frank Solich, Ohio; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Mark Stoops, Kentucky; Tyson Summers, Georgia Southern; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Matt Wells, Utah State; Mark Whipple, Massachusetts; Kyle Whittingham, Utah; Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion; Everett Withers, Texas State.