Expansion race: Are Bulls near poll position?
When USF officials formally tossed their hat -- or horns -- into the Big 12 ring with a recent letter to Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, they outlined the attributes they believe make the school a solid expansion candidate.
Among them: academic stature, area population, facilities and past attendance figures (during the Big East heyday).
Turns out, they might have omitted a quality stat or two. Or perhaps they're saving them for a PowerPoint down the road.
Either way, here are some football-centric USF numbers we crunched that stack up favorably with the other prominent expansion contenders.
As in previous statistical comparisons, our origination point is 2005, the year the Bulls joined the Big East. And while USF's figures are feeble in some major areas (i.e. attendance, quality wins, etc.) over the past handful of seasons, they become much sturdier when assessed over the last decade.
Weeks ranked in top 25 (since 2005 season)
Number of weeks in top 10 listed in parentheses
BYU: 49 (five)
Cincinnati: 36 (11)
Houston: 32 (3)
USF: 26 (four)
UCF: 11 (one)
UConn: 6 (none)
Memphis: 4 (none)
Colorado State: 3 (none)
Wins vs. current Power Five programs (since 2005 season)
Colorado State: 7