Wow: Bulls up to No. 6 in AP poll
USF, cementing its position as the hottest program in the country over the past month, has gone from unranked three weeks ago to a No. 6 ranking the Associated Press rankings released Sunday.
The Bulls (4-0) jumped 12 spots from No. 18 after knocking off No. 5 West Virginia 21-13 on Friday night. They are the highest ranked team in the Big East, and more impressively, the highest ranked team in the state of Florida, moving three spots ahead of defending national champion Florida, which lost 20-17 to Auburn in Gainesville on Saturday.
The Bulls made a significant move in the coaches poll as well, leaping nine spots to No. 9 -- the discrepancy between the two polls is that the coaches put USF behind Boston College, Kentucky and Florida. Of USF's remaining eight opponents, none is ranked higher than No. 20 Cincinnati; the Bulls must travel to face No. 21 Rutgers in 18 days, but will likely now be favored to win in all of their remaining games.
USF isn't the only big news in this week's poll: LSU has overtaken Southern Cal to become the new No. 1 in college football. The Tigers, who had one more first-place vote and two more total points than the Trojans, must defend that ranking this week against the Gators.