AP Rankings: Three Florida Teams Still In The Top 20

Another weekend of college football in the books and another weekend three Florida teams remain unbeaten. The Miami Hurricanes (6-0, 4-0 ACC), USF Bulls (7-0, 4-0 AAC) and UCF Knights (6-0, 4-0 AAC) all remain in the top 20 of the AP Top 25 Poll.

Over the weekend the ‘Canes played a full 60-minute ball game to take the win over Syracuse. The Orange was coming off a huge upset win over Clemson and brought 93 grueling plays of offense for Miami to deal with.

With the Hurricanes 27-19 win their fate in the AP rankings looked good and they checked in at No. 8, the same spot they previously owned. The only teams standing between Miami and a Playoff spot are Clemson (No. 7), Ohio State (No. 6), Wisconsin (No. 5), and TCU (No.4).

Miami will look to continue their climb in the rankings as they take on ACC opponent North Carolina (1-7, 0-5 ACC) next.

HURRICANES QUARTERBACK MALIK ROSIER. PHOTO: MIAMI HURRICANES

The South Florida Bulls also had another win over a conference opponent Saturday, beating Tulane 34-28. However, USF dropped one spot in the AP rankings to No. 17 despite their NCAA record-breaking game.

With 34 points scored Saturday, the Bulls took sole ownership of the NCAA record for consecutive games scoring 30 plus points. That record was previously owned by Chip Kelly’s 2011-12 Oregon Ducks.

Also hitting the record books was USF quarterback Quinton Flowers, who passed Vince Young (Texas, 3,129 yards) for all-time quarterback rushers in FBS history. Flowers’ 3,207 career rushing yards and 6,464 passing likely helped USF reach a No.14 ranking in the Amway Coaches Poll over the weekend.

South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Photo: AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle.

And while Charlie Strong and the Bulls are stampeding through the season, Scott Frost’s UCF Knights (6-0, 4-0 AAC) are making a national name known for themselves as well.

UCF made a huge statement over the weekend with a 31-21 win over previously ranked Navy. The Knights came in ranked No. 18 just behind USF in this weeks poll. That’s a jump from the No. 20 ranking they owned last week.

At this rate, the matchup between the Knights, led by quarterback Milton McKenzie, and the Bulls is going to be one for the books. The rivals are scheduled to take the field against each other on November 24th, and it could be a deciding game as to who takes the East and heads to the American Athletic Conference Championships.

Central Florida’s Adrian Killins (9) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Annapolis, Md., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Photo: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana.

The AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Georgia
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Clemson
  8. Miami (FL)
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Oklhaoma State
  12. Washington
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. North Carolina State
  15. Washington State
  16. Michigan State
  17. South Florida
  18. UCF
  19. Auburn
  20. Stanford
  21. USC
  22. West Virginia
  23. LSU
  24. Memphis
  25. Iowa State
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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.