USF’s 58-42 win at UMass on Saturday to improve to 5-0 was enough for pollsters to include them into the top-25 ranks.
The team was last ranked after the conclusion of last season, where they were slotted No. 21 in both major polls.
They also shot up nine spots to No. 27 is this week’s S&P+ rankings.
The path was cleared for USF to jump into the polls with Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Boise State and Oklahoma State all losing on Saturday.
As far as the race for Group of Five goes, the AAC East is well represented with three teams cracking both polls this week. 6-0 Cincinnati moved to No. 25 in the two rankings while 5-0 C. moved into the top-10 of both, sitting at No. 9 in the Coaches and No. 10 in the AP.
While national recognition is cool and all for USF, boy, this has not looked like one of the best 25 teams in the nation through the first month of the season.
The combination of injuries, sloppy starts to games and the team not “coming ready to play” or not “executing” as we’ve been told every week has been frustrating to watch.
Needing second half explosions to pull away from teams ranked 100th, 108th and 112th in S&P+, respectively, doesn’t necessarily inspire confidence that this squad will sustain its early-season success once the schedule gets much more difficult down the road.
But, 5-0 is 5-0. And we’ll see if they can fix some their issues when traveling to Tulsa this Friday.