TCU at No. 15 in coaches' poll

December, 4, 2011
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TCU jumped up to No. 15 in the latest USA Today Coaches' Poll, one part of the formula to determine the BCS rankings.

TCU must finish in the top 16 of the BCS to earn a bid to a BCS bowl. But to do that, they need to go up two spots (though likely three if Clemson jumps them as expected). This showing in the poll keeps TCU in the hunt, but the Frogs will need help from the Harris poll voters and the computers, so it's still a big uphill climb.

Among the items of interest from the coaches' poll:

* Clemson jumped over TCU after its impressive win over Virginia Tech. The Tigers are No. 14, one spot ahead of TCU. Clemson is 26 points ahead of the Frogs, so they didn't get in front by much.

* Baylor remains behind TCU at No. 16, 32 points behind despite beating Texas and beating TCU to start the season. But Baylor was ahead of the Frogs in the BCS and this ranking should assure that they do so again.

* Michigan State, one of the teams TCU was hoping to pass in the BCS, is No. 13 in the coaches' poll. TCU certainly gained ground on them, but will need help to pass them.

* There was good news for Frog fans: Oklahoma, Georgia and Houston are both behind TCU in the poll. If TCU can pass all three of those teams in the BCS, they should be able to get into the top 16. But all of them are bunched up at Nos. 17-19 (Houston, Georgia, OU in that order).

Again, it's going to be tight when the BCS is announced. TCU won't get much help at all from the computers. They need the Harris Poll to prop them up.

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