How about the USF Bulls?
It's surprising that Saturday night's thrilling overtime victory over Auburn wasn't enough to catapult the Bulls into the AP's Top 25. Beating a Southeastern Conference team on the road is no easy feat. Maybe the voters were already sleeping when the game ended around 1:30 a.m.
One honor did come the Bulls' way today: They were named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for their 26-23 victory, which leaves them undefeated at 2-0. Also, Nate Allen was named Big East defensive player of the week for anchoring a defense that forced five turnovers.
No state may boast three traditional college football powers like defending national champion Florida, Florida State and Miami. Now it's looking like Jim Leavitt's program deserves to be mentioned in that group. Florida may well be the best team in the nation; could USF be the second-best team in our football-crazy state this season?