Amid chaos, Bulls slide up to No. 5
After another upside-down weekend in which 11 ranked teams lost, USF was able to rise in the polls again, jumping to No. 5 in both rankings.
USF (5-0) moved up one spot in the AP rankings to No. 5, and the Bulls are only seven vote-points behind No. 4 Boston College, a margin that could easily flip-flop in next week's poll. After being No. 9 in last week's coaches poll, the Bulls jumped up into a tie with Oklahoma for fifth. The Bulls, after a close win against Florida Atlantic, are now the highest ranked state team in both polls and the top-ranked team in the Big East.
With Rutgers losing to Cincinnati on Saturday, the undefeated Bearcats -- 15th in the AP and 17th in the coaches -- are the only ranked team left on USF's schedule. Rutgers has enough vote-points to be an official 32nd in the AP poll, just two spots ahead of undefeated (and largely unproven) Connecticut.
As far as other state schools, Florida dropped to 13th (14th in the coaches' rankings) after a close loss at No. 1 LSU, and Florida State rejoined both top 25s at No. 21 after beating N.C. State. Miami and Central Florida, who had received votes last week, did not get a single vote after losing to North Carolina and East Carolina, respectively.
-- Driving by the Sun Dome at about 1:20 p.m., I could see the line of students waiting in line for USF-UCF tickets wrapped halfway around the arena. USF had asked that the line started forming at 2 p.m., but hundreds of fans had a solid head start on that. Tickets weren't scheduled to be distributed until 6 p.m., but look for USF to start that process much earlier rather than making students wait all afternoon.
-- With 20 ranked teams losing in the last two weeks, USF now has the nation's third-longest win streak at seven games. Only LSU (13) and Cincinnati (9) have longer streaks, and the Bulls are tied with Boston College, Hawaii and California at seven straight wins.