Sports Illustrated ranks USF ahead of Gators, 'Canes
The Bulls received their loftiest preseason ranking yet Wednesday, landing at No. 17 in Sports Illustrated's preseason top 25.
USF is one spot ahead of Florida and three ahead of Miami in the SI rankings. The Bulls' previous highest ranking was No. 18, by national numbers-cruncher Phil Steele.
Alabama is first according to SI, with FSU at No. 2.
The SI capsule on USF says: "The Bulls have the best chance of any Group of 5 team to run the table and steal a playoff spot—but their best non-conference opponent is Illinois (Sept. 15), so they’ll need chaos from the Power Five races. Their bye week falls between home tests against Houston (Nov. 4) and Tulsa (Nov. 16), which leads into a season finale at steadily improving rival UCF (Nov. 24)."
Here's the breakdown of where USF has been ranked in the most prominent polls/publications so far. The Associated Press preseason poll will be released Aug. 21.
Coaches poll: 21
The Sporting News: 22
Street & Smith's: 23
Phil Steele: 18