Defending Big 12 champion TCU is ranked No. 2

The TCU Horned Frogs open camp on Tuesday and begin the preseason as one of the top teams in the nation. The defending Big 12 champs are ranked No. 2 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll through USA Today.

Defending Big 12 champion TCU is ranked No. 2 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll through USA Today.

The Horned Frogs return 15 starters, including 10 on offense, from last year's 12-1 squad that concluded the campaign with a 42-3 win over Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The No. 2 ranking marks TCU's highest appearance in a preseason poll in program history. The Horned Frogs were No. 7 in the 2010 Preseason USA Today poll. TCU's highest preseason ranking by the Associated Press was No. 6 in 2010.

The Horned Frogs are the preseason pick to win the Big 12. The last two times TCU was predicted to win a conference was in 2009 and 2010. In both years, TCU completed an undefeated regular season in reaching the Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl, respectively.

TCU is joined in the preseason poll by two Big 12 teams, Baylor at No. 4 and Oklahoma dropping in at No. 19.

TCU opens its preseason camp on Tuesday with the first practice set for Wednesday.

2015 Preseason Amway Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses and total points received)

1. Ohio State (62) - 1,598
2. TCU (1) - 1,487
3. Alabama (1) - 1,452
4. Baylor - 1,365
5. Oregon - 1,260
6. Michigan State - 1,230
7. Auburn - 1,103
8. Florida State - 1,057
9. Georgia - 1,026
10. USC - 1,014
11. Notre Dame - 883
12. Clemson - 838
13. LSU - 727
14. UCLA - 697
15. Ole Miss - 668
16. Arizona State - 577
17. Georgia Tech - 573
18. Wisconsin - 470
19. Oklahoma - 407
20. Arkansas - 377
21. Stanford - 365
22. Arizona - 299
23. Missouri - 229
24. Boise State - 190
25. Tennessee – 166


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