GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs runs the ball in the second half against the Boise State Broncos during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 4, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andy Dalton
The first major preseason college football poll released Friday places the TCU Horned Frogs at seventh.
The ranking marks TCU's highest preseason ranking since 1956 when the team was also ranked seventh in the nation.
The Horned Frogs have 16 starters returning from last year's 12-1 team which ended the season ranked sixth.
TCU opens the season September 4 in a game against number 22 Oregon State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
Boise State, which defeated TCU in the Fiesta Bowl will begin the season ranked number five.
Defending national champion Alabama grabbed the top spot in the coaches' poll. The Crimson Tide grabbed 55 of 59 possible first place votes.
The Texas Longhorns were voted fourth. The Longhorns finished the 2009 season with a 13-1 record and a number two ranking after losing the BCS National Championship game.
Other Big 12 schools in the top 10 include Oklahoma at number eight and Nebraska at number nine.
USA TODAY Coaches' Poll - Preaseason
2. Ohio State
5. Boise State
6. Virginia Tech
13. Miami (Fla.)
14. Penn State
17. Georgia Tech
18. North Carolina
20. Florida State
22. Oregon State
24t. West Virginia
Also receiving votes: Missouri 23; Oklahoma State 11; Texas Tech 5; Texas A&M 3