Bulls lose ground to Bearcats in polls
The AP and coaches' top 25 polls are out Sunday, and while the Bulls moved up in both polls -- returning to the AP rankings at No. 25 -- Cincinnati made up more ground, improving the Bearcats' chances of being ahead of the Bulls in today's new BCS standings and getting picked for the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
In the coaches poll, which is used in calculating the BCS standings, USF moved up from 30th to 27th and Cincinnati moved up from 26th to 24th, but the Bearcats picked up more ground in total vote-points, which are what determine the BCS calculations. Cincy had been ahead by 31 points last week, and now the Bearcats have a 46-point lead on the Bulls.
In the AP poll, there's now a larger gap between the two schools. Cincinnati had been 24th and USF just out of the top 25 at 27th; and while USF was able to enter the rankings at No. 25, Cincy moved up four spots to No. 20. Sun Bowl officials have said they will choose the available team ranked highest in the BCS standings, so USF will need the BCS computers to continue to show a considerable preference for the Bulls over the Bearcats.
Of the six BCS computer ratings, only one has been updated for this weekend's games, and Jeff Sagarin's ratings are encouraging for USF. The Bulls stayed in 17th place, while Cincinnati dropped two spots from 21st to 23rd, adding to USF's advantage in the computer part of the BCS math.
Connecticut, which lost a chance at a BCS bowl with a 66-21 loss to West Virginia on Saturday, is one spot behind USF in the coaches' voting and three spots lower in the AP balloting.
Thoughts? Do you think USF will finish ahead of Cincinnati? If the two teams have the same record and the Bearcats beat the Bulls in Tampa, does USF deserve to go ahead of Cincinnati?