The Bulls may be winning ugly these days, but they’re sitting prettier in the national consciousness than they have since the end of the 2017 season.
USF (5-0), a 58-42 winner Saturday at UMass, has cracked the latest Associated Press rankings, checking in at No. 23. It’s the Bulls’ first appearance since the final ’17 poll, where they finished 21st.
Thirty-seven of the 61 AP voters had the Bulls on their respective ballots. Eight put them in the top 20.
Complementing the ranking is the national attention being showered upon Bulls TB Jordan Cronkrite.
The University of Florida transfer, who set a USF and American Athletic Conference single-game record with his 302-yard rushing performance against the Minutemen, was named to the Pro Football Focus Week 6 National Team of the Week. He also received a helmet sticker on ESPN’s College Football Final.
And he’s a virtual lock to also be named AAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Elsewhere in the AP poll, Florida (5-1) catapulted eight spots — to No. 14 — following its 27-19 upset of then-No. 5 LSU in Gainesville. The Tigers fell eight spots to 13th.
UCF (5-0) climbed into the top 10 (up two spots from last week) following its 48-20 rout of SMU for its 18th consecutive triumph. Miami’s dramatic 28-27 come-from-behind home win against FSU pushed the ‘Canes (5-1) up only one spot, to 16th.
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