Top 50 teams of 2019: No. 39 TCU


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Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season:

No. 39: TCU

Coach: Gary Patterson

2018 record: 7-6

Projected 2019 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Nov. 23 at Oklahoma

Bowl trip: Texas

Why No. 39: Patterson usually follows a mediocre year (few were happy about 7-6) with a monster year. If it happens in 2019, it will be done in large part because of seven starters returning on offense. ... Kansas State transfer Alex Delton is the top option at quarterback. He will compete with returnee Mike Collins and incoming freshman Max Duggan. ... Whoever wins the QB job will be throwing plenty of passes in the direction of Jalen Reagor, who caught 72 passes for 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns last season. ... Only five starters are back on defense, three in the secondary. ... The Horned Frogs will be tested in the second week when they travel to Purdue. In the Big 12, they travel to Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

Last year's ranking: No. 24