Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 24, TCU

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 24, TCU

Coach: Gary Patterson

2017 record: 11-3

Projected 2018 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Oct. 20 vs. Oklahoma

Bowl trip: Liberty

Why No. 24: Here's how much faith we have in Patterson — the Horned Frogs are back in the Top 25 despite bringing back just nine starters. Patterson has earned the trust while compiling 160 wins in 17 seasons. Remember, TCU was once one of the worst programs in the country. Not now. ... Shawn Robinson takes over at quarterback. Once a prized recruit, Robinson led TCU to a win in his only start last season. ... He will get help from two offensive line starters and tailback Darius Anderson. ... The top returning receiver is KaVontae Turpin, who caught 41 passes last season. ... The defense is led by end Ben Banogu, who had 8 1 / 2 sacks in 2017. ... TCU's schedule includes a September game against Ohio State in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State both visit Fort Worth.

Last year's ranking: No. 31