TCU football has shown plenty of consistency since Gary Patterson was named coach in December 2000. The Horned Frogs have already posted three 11-win seasons since joining the Big 12 in 2012.
And that pattern doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.
ESPN ranked the Horned Frogs at No. 14 in its latest college football future power rankings. TCU was one four Big 12 teams to crack the top 25 and only trailed Oklahoma (No. 5) among the group. Texas and Oklahoma State checked in at No. 15 and No. 23, respectively.
It’s not exactly a surprise to any Big 12 fans, but the Horned Frogs’ defense — which has become a staple of the program during the Patterson era — is most responsible for where TCU ended up on the list. The Horned Frogs are coming off a 2017 campaign in which they recorded a second-half shutout in six consecutive contests, and seven straight without allowing a second-half touchdown. An anonymous Big 12 coach even told ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg that TCU has several defensive returners that “I wish would have left.”
While TCU’s future quarterback ranking was noticeably lower at No. 22, the Horned Frogs have no shortage of talent behind center with two young, dual-threat quarterbacks: sophomore Shawn Robinson and freshman Justin Rogers. Ivy League transfer Michael Collins also impressed during the spring, and the Horned Frogs picked up a 2019 commitment from dual-threat quarterback Max Duggan, who is rated a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite.
TCU opens the 2018 season vs. Southern University on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs will face their first Power 5 opponent of the season when they take on Ohio State on Sept. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.