Bulls earn first AP ranking in 5 years
Shortly after his team staged its latest four-quarter campaign for a national ranking against UCF, Bulls coach Willie Taggart did some extra lobbying.
"What, we're 10-2 and we're still not ranked?'" Taggart said following USF's 48-31 triumph against the Knights. "I think (WR) Marquez Valdes-Scantling said it best to all the writers out there that rank: USF is still winning over here, okay? We're still winning. Hopefully somebody sees that."
In the wake of that historic triumph, which gave USF its first 10-win season, the Bulls (10-2) are No. 24 in the latest Associated Press top 25. It's their first poll appearance since September 2011, Skip Holtz's second season in Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Times ballot ranked USF No. 21.
USF is among six teams entering the poll this week, a record for the top-25 era. Atop the poll, undefeated Alabama remains No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson, Washington and Michigan.
Elsewhere, FSU moved up three spots to No. 12 following its 31-13 victory against Florida. The Gators fell two spots to No. 15.