Bulls slide up to No. 21 in both polls
2 p.m. update: Bulls are No. 21 in the AP top 25 as well, moving up two spots to set up Thursday's showdown with No. 8 Cincinnati in Tampa. Notre Dame was the third and final team to move into the top 25, just edging Pittsburgh (26th) and West Virginia (28th). USF is the lowest of nine undefeated teams in I-A football.
USF is also tied for 17th in SI.com's weekly balloting for its 16-team "playoff bracket."
1 p.m. update: I said it was soon. USF jumps up three spots to No. 21 in the USA Today coaches poll, jumping ahead of Mississippi, Auburn and Missouri. Two Big East schools are close to joining No. 9 Cincinnati and USF in the rankings, as Pittsburgh is now 28th and West Virginia 31st in the balloting.
12:55 p.m.: New top 25 polls should be out soon, and it's reasonable to think USF could move up to No. 20 in the Associated Press rankings, as the idle Bulls, ranked No. 23 last week, can move ahead of No. 17 Auburn and No. 20 Mississippi after their losses.
Could the Bulls jump ahead of No. 22 Georgia Tech? USF has a better record, and has a more convincing win at Florida State -- the Bulls won 17-7 in Tallahassee, while Georgia Tech rallied to beat FSU 49-44 on Saturday.
Another wrinkle this week -- perhaps Pittsburgh makes it three Big East teams in the top 25. Five of the top seven teams in "also receiving votes" lost this week, so if you presume that Auburn, Mississippi and No. 24 Missouri drop out fo the polls, there's room for three new ranked teams. Houston and Utah are safe bets to be two of those, and idle Notre Dame and Pittsburgh are next among the nearly-ranked crowd.
We'll have an update as soon as the polls are released ...