USF still unranked in both major polls
First off, this week's new polls are out, and USF didn't make the cut, showing up at No. 27 in the coaches' rankings and No. 29 in the AP poll. It's close enough that the Bulls should be ranked if they post a solid win at Syracuse on Saturday and the upset trend continues.
It's fun again to evaluate the AP balloters at Pollspeak.com -- some have USF as high as No. 14, while more than half the balloters don't have the Bulls ranked at all. USF is also No. 28 in the first Harris Poll of the season.
Back home -- just a bad cough, I'm told -- and want to link to a ton of stories written about Saturday's USF win in Tallahassee. By the way, the only injury I can report from the game is co-offensive line coach Mike Simmonds, who had an arm in a sling after the game due to a shoulder injury suffered when quarterback B.J. Daniels bowled into him on the USF sideline. Onto the links ..
-- You guys without cable -- I know you're out there somewhere -- can rejoice, as Ch. 28 is carrying the USF-Syracuse in the Tampa area at noon on Saturday.
-- Best execution of the day? Has to be the first of two postgame coolers drenching Jim Leavitt -- this photo showed the Bulls actually put Leavitt's head in the overturned cooler. Even after a second soaking with a water cooler, he was dripping blue throughout the postgame celebration on the field.
-- Bright House Sports Network will rebroadcast the USF-FSU at noon on Wednesday.
-- ESPN.com's game recap includes video highlights of B.J. Daniels' big day. ESPN blogger Brian Bennett and I both got a gem of a quote from defensive coordinator Joe Tresey, who explained USF's motivation against FSU very well. Bennett also wrote about the unflappable Daniels .
-- The Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi, who has taken some shots at USF in the past, writes that he was wrong about Jim Leavitt and the coach's belief that the Bulls should focus on the state's elite opponents. The Sentinel's Andrew Carter writes that FSU had no answers for USF, or after the game. Buddy Collings talked to USF commitment Mark Joyce, who was in attendance to see his future team win. And there's a nice photo gallery from the Sun-Sentinel.
-- The Florida Times-Union writes that an "epic shift" in the state's football recruiting picture has begun.
-- The front-page headline in the Tallahassee Democrat gives much of the credit for FSU's loss to the Seminoles themselves, with multiple fumbles and penalties. The story's headline says USF crushed FSU. Here's the Democrat story on B.J. Daniels, and columnist Steve Ellis writes that USF's physical, aggressive play was the way the Seminoles are supposed to be playing.
-- The Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Alan Dell writes about how less and less people believed in USF as the week went on, but the Bulls surprised nearly everyone.
-- Here's the Associated Press story from the game, which ran on site's like the Washington Post's. And for national reach, the Los Angeles Times led its national roundup with USF's win. The New York Times' Quad blog wrote about USF, but said they'll be skeptical until the Bulls can win consistently in the Big East.
-- Was great to see an old college buddy in Ira Schoffel for the first time in ages on Saturday -- here's his story for the Miami Herald.
-- SI.com's Andy Staples called USF's win a "paradigm shift" in the state of Florida.
-- Yahoo.com's Matt Hinton summed up FSU's offensive woes better than I did: no points from "seven separate drives into USF's side of the field, courtesy of three punts, two fumbles, a missed field goal and a turnover on downs."
-- You probably saw the "Unconquered" statue outside Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday -- some fans over at Thebullspen.com took some clever photos after USF's win. And despite the big win, this message-boarder on a Gator site says Jim Leavitt's decision to kick a field goal with nine seconds left in the half was the "stupidest coaching call ever."