How far will Bulls jump in rankings?
How many spots can USF move up when the new top 25 polls come out Sunday?
The No. 19 Bulls got a dominating 45-13 win against Syracuse on a weekend when the three teams immediately above (Kansas, Virginia Tech and North Carolina) and below them (Michigan State, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt) in the AP top 25 all lost. That alone will move the Bulls up three spots in the AP and four in the coaches (where Wake Forest had been ahead).
Since No. 9 BYU lost badly to an unranked TCU team, I think they fall below USF into the high teens. I think No. 11 Missouri will remain ranked with two losses since both are to top 10 teams, but I think they fall below USF as well. That would put USF at No. 14 in both polls, making up more than half of the ground they lost after losing to Pittsburgh.
The new polls have some interesting wrinkles -- four SEC and four Big 12 teams in the top 13, as I see it. I figure at least six new teams jump into the poll, with undefeated Tulsa leading the way. Which one-loss teams come in next? Florida State, Boston College or Georgia Tech from the ACC? Cincinnati, whose only loss is to Oklahoma? Minnesota, whose only loss is at Ohio State?
-- If you like innovation in football strategy, there's a fascinating piece in the New York Times from writer Jere Longman, who I had the luck to sit next to at the NCAA women's basketball regionals in New Orleans this spring. He profiles a high school in Piedmont, Calif., which has developed the "A-11" offense, using a loophole in the rulebook to create a scheme where as many as 11 players can be eligible to receive a pass on one play. It's had a dizzying effect on opposing defenses and officials alike. I'm impressed by diamond formations and Emory & Henry, so I'll have to find video of this one ...