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USF receives votes in latest AP poll, UCF moves to 18th

UCF and Miami currently are the state's only ranked teams
USF quarterback Blake Barnett (11) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the second half of the game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, September 8, 2018. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
USF quarterback Blake Barnett (11) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the second half of the game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, September 8, 2018. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published Sep. 9, 2018
Updated Sep. 9, 2018

Based solely on the latest Associated Press rankings, USF currently is perceived as the state's third-best football program.

The Bulls (2-0) received three votes — more than Florida and FSU combined — in the AP poll released Sunday after getting none following their Week One victory against Division I-AA Elon.

UCF (2-0), which coasted to a 38-0 romp of I-AA South Carolina State despite McKenzie Milton's three first-half interceptions, moved up one spot to No. 18. Miami (1-1), also unchallenged in its 77-0 laugher against Savannah State, moved up one spot to 21st.

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Florida (1-1), 25th after Week One, received no votes after losing to Kentucky for the first time since 1986. FSU (1-1), which still received eight votes after being humiliated by Virginia Tech on Labor Day night, got only one (from Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press) after struggling to rally for a 36-26 win Saturday night at home against I-AA Samford.

By contrast, USF mustered a blip on the national radar after rallying for three fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 49-38 triumph against Georgia Tech.

The three who votes for the Bulls — Dylan Sinn of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette, Garry Smits of the Florida Times-Union and Rob Long of 105.7-FM (Baltimore) — all ranked USF 25th.

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