Sporting News puts USF football at No. 32
This week's Sporting News ranks all the Division I-A football teams from 120 to 1, and as fans wait for other summer countdowns to get high enough to rank the Bulls, USF turns up No. 32 in TSN's rankings.
The magazine quotes Pitt defensive end Greg Romeus as saying "USF, like the entire Big East, is underrated but will prove themselves this year." USF is the second-highest team in the Big East, trailing only Pittsburgh at No. 28. The Bulls are followed by West Virginia (39), Rutgers (43), Cincinnati (46), Connecticut (58), Louisville (73) and ... Syracuse at 106.
Other teams on USF's schedule? Florida State is No. 17, Miami is No. 30 and yes, Western Kentucky is No. 120. Other state teams include Central Florida (83), Florida Atlantic (85) and Florida International (115). TSN's online rankings only go up to the 60s so far ...
-- I don't know that I necessarily look to Missouri for Big East insights, but the Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter makes his Big East predictions, and has USF finishing fifth. He has West Virginia winning, and I think the media preseason poll will go the same way, just because they're a consistent winner in a jumbled mass at the top of the league. He names USF's George Selvie as his Big East defensive MVP.