Nailed it: USF drops to No. 11 in AP
What an obscure, nearly valueless talent, being able to anticipate the collective opinions of a national body of college football voters. Just as I'd guessed -- I will say no darts were used -- the Bulls dropped nine spots to No. 11 in the AP poll released Sunday. USF also fell nine spots in the Harris Poll to No. 12, giving them that ranking in both polls used in calculating the BCS standings, which should be out shortly.
We as a paper are still using the AP ranking to identify a team, though the BCS is obviously a more relevant ranking. I tend to think of AP as being the most credible, and I like that AP ballots are open, while the coaches are shrouded in secrecy until their final vote. The AP does have two USF opponents ranked -- No. 23 Auburn and No. 25 Rutgers -- while the coaches don't have either in their top 25.
It's worth noting now that USF is no longer the highest rated team in the state, with Florida regaining that status after the Bulls sat atop the state for the previous three weeks. The Gators have ranked opponents on the road in two of their next three games (at Georgia and South Carolina), so that could change again very easily.