Purple Reign: TCU Ranked Seventh

Texas, Oklahoma crack top 10

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    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

    1. Alabama
    2. Ohio State
    3. Florida
    4. TEXAS
    5. Boise State
    6. Virginia Tech
    7. TCU
    8. OKLAHOMA
    9. NEBRASKA
    10. Iowa
    11. Oregon
    12. Wisconsin
    13. Miami (Fla.)
    14. Penn State
    15. Pittsburgh
    16. LSU
    17. Georgia Tech
    18. North Carolina
    19. Arkansas
    20. Florida State
    21. Georgia
    22. Oregon State
    23. Auburn
    24t. Utah
    24t. West Virginia

    Also receiving votes: Missouri 23; Oklahoma State 11; Texas Tech 5; Texas A&M 3