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FORT WORTH — Texas Christian University, still riding the highs of a comeback Alamo Bowl victory, has another feather in its cap when its football program landed No. 9 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Polls on Tuesday.

The Horned Frogs (11-3) have finished in the AP Top 10 in three of the last four seasons (2014, 2015, 2017) and six times in the last 10 years. In 17 seasons under Head Coach Gary Patterson, TCU posted seven top-10 finishes and 11 in the top 25.

TCU reached the 11-win mark for the ninth time in the last 13 seasons and 10th time in 15 years.

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TCU closed the 2017 campaign by rallying from a 21-3 deficit for a 39-37 victory over Stanford in the Valero Alamo Bowl. The 18 points tied for the second-largest comeback under Patterson and was surpassed only by the 31-point deficit overcome in the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl, a 47-41 triple overtime victory against Oregon.

The Horned Frogs expect to return 11 starters — including six on defense — next season. The offense, though, may be one of the brightest spots on the field and powered by Texas prep stars.

DeSoto’s Shawn Robinson, Lancaster’s Omar Manning, and Waxahachie’s Jalen Reagor and Kennedy Snell will join a 2018 recruiting class that already includes 6-foot-2, four-star  Texas High wide receiver Tevailance Hunt, three-star Cy Springs athlete Taye Barber, and massive three-star Van High School 6-foot-6 and 290-pound offensive tackle Kris Dike.

TCU opens the 2018 campaign with a Sept. 1 home game versus Southern. The Horned Frogs will then travel to Souther Methodist University on Sept. 8 before facing Ohio State Sept. 15 at AT&T Stadium.

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Marcus Matthews-Marion is the managing editor of TexasHSFootball, covering prep football throughout the Lone Star State. Follow him on Twitter, @TheMJMatthews, and read more of his content here.

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