College Football Top 25: Buying or selling the 2015 preseason rankings

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Dec 31, 2014; Atlanta , GA, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Bram Kohlausen (6) calls a play in the fourth quarter against the Mississippi Rebels in the 2014 Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome. The Horned Frogs won 42-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Highest Rank: 2 (AP, SN, Coaches)
Lowest Rank:  5 (Athlon)


There is every reason in the world to buy into TCU as a top 5 team, and almost no reason not to have them at number two. True, they are losing six starters on defense this season, but that may actually be an improvement, as the Frogs weren’t exactly known for their stopping power in 2014.

What they do have is one of the nation’s best quarterbacks and a top Heisman candidate returning in Trevone Boykin, and a fully loaded offense that was the No. 2 scoring offense in the nation in 2014, and will probably move that up to No. 1 this season.

A couple of breaks and a few more stops by the defense, and TCU is in the playoffs last season, and they would have probably been able to take on just about any of the other teams from last year’s final four. I have them predicted as my national champion this season, and unless some serious injuries or other issues befall this team, they have what it takes to go all the way.

Next: Alabama