Bulls No. 2 in AP, No. 3 in coaches poll
USF's wild rise in the national polls continued Sunday, as the Bulls are now ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press rankings with 11 first-place votes, trailing only top-ranked Ohio State.
The Bulls' convincing 64-12 victory against Central Florida allowed them to leapfrog Boston College, which had a less impressive 27-14 win against Notre Dame. With No. 1 LSU dropping to fifth and No. 2 Cal dropping to 10th after losses Saturday, USF is now one upset away from an incredible No. 1 ranking among the AP voters. Five different teams earned first-place votes in the AP poll, including one-loss Oklahoma and LSU teams.
No current member of the Big East has ever been ranked as high as No. 2 while a member of the Big East. The next-highest ranking before Sunday was No. 3, attained by West Virginia and Louisville last season and by West Virginia in 1993. Pittsburgh and Syracuse held the No. 1 ranking before the Big East started playing football in 1991, but neither team has done so since 1982.
Among former Big East schools, Miami is the only school to ever be ranked higher while a member of the Big East conference. The Hurricanes held the top ranking in four seasons, 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2002.
USF is one spot lower in the coaches poll, ranking third behind Boston College but garnering three first-place votes to the Eagles' one.