The Associated Press released their preseason top 25 rankings Monday, and the South Florida Bulls were the lone group of 5 team to be ranked, coming in at #19. USF was also the only G5 team ranked by the coaches preseason poll, setting up the Bulls as the favorite to win the G5 New Years’ Six Bowl slot.
This marks the first time since 2008 USF has been ranked in the preseason AP poll and the second straight year an American Athletic Conference team has. This is also the third straight year a G5 team has been ranked in the preseason poll.
Other teams from the group of 5 to receive votes:
Boise State Broncos (37)
Houston Cougars (19)
BYU Cougars (5)
Appalachian State Mountaineers (4)
Teams ranked/receiving votes by conference:
Mountain West: 2
Sun Belt: 1