Bulls leap to No. 12 in AP, 16 in coaches
After moving up two spots to No. 16 in Sunday's new USA Today coaches poll, USF made a huge leap in the Associated Press top 25, jumping seven spots to No. 12.
The Bulls, No. 19 last week, leapt all the way past Ohio State, which was No. 5 before losing to No. 1 Southern Cal on Saturday. The validation of beating a ranked Kansas team 37-34 Friday -- the Jayhawks fell six spots to No. 19 -- clearly showed something to the AP balloters, who leapfrogged the Bulls past three teams that lost, plus upstart East Carolina, Oregon, a BYU team that beat UCLA 59-0 and a Penn State team that dominated Syracuse 55-13.
USF is 16th in the coaches poll, where the Jayhawks fell eight spots to No. 19. West Virginia, 21st in the AP and 22 with the coaches, remains the only other ranked Big East team; Florida State made the list at No. 24 (AP) and No. 25 (coaches) after its second dominating win against a I-AA opponent.
Again, of USF's remaining nine games, only two are against teams getting votes in this poll: West Virginia and a home game against Connecticut, which got enough votes to rank 35th.