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Knights Move Up in Both Polls on Eve of First CFP Rankings

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UCF checks in at #9 in AP, Coaches’ Polls after bye week

McKenzie Milton (Photo: Derek Warden)
McKenzie Milton
Derek Warden

Despite not playing this week, the UCF Knights moved up to #9 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today/Amway Coaches’ Poll. It’s the highest UCF has ever been ranked in both polls during the regular season.

Coaches’ Poll

In the Coaches’ Poll, UCF bumped up a spot from #10, just behind Ohio State and ahead of West Virginia. The Knights were ranked at #9 two weeks ago, but dropped a spot before moving back up this week.

UCF in the Coaches’ Poll

Week 2013 2017 2018
Week 2013 2017 2018
Preseason 23
1 20
2 18
3 18
4 14
5 25 13
6 21 9
7 10 9
8 25 17 10
9 22 14 9
10 21 12 ?
11 19 12 ?
12 20 12 ?
13 19 11 ?
14 17 10 ?
15 15 (No Week 15 Poll) (No Week 15 Poll)
Final 12 7 ?

Still, UCF is the lowest-ranked undefeated team in the nation, and is behind five one-loss teams.

The Houston Cougars moved into the Top 25, checking in at #17 after waxing South Florida 57-36 on Saturday.

Other Group of Five schools in the Coaches’ Poll include Utah State at #20 and Fresno State at #23

AP Top 25

In the AP Poll, UCF moved up a spot after holding steady at #10 for three weeks. The Knights have not moved down yet in the AP Poll:

UCF in the AP Poll

Week 2013 (12-1) 2017 (13-0) 2018
Week 2013 (12-1) 2017 (13-0) 2018
Preseason 21
1 19
2 18
3 16
4 13
5 25 12
6 22 10
7 20 10
8 21 18 10
9 19 15 9
10 19 14 ?
11 15 14 ?
12 17 13 ?
13 17 12 ?
14 15 10 ?
15 15 (No Week 15 Poll) (No Week 15 Poll)
Final 10 6 ?

However, the Knights did get jumped by Ohio State, who was off for the week after getting drubbed at Purdue the previous weekend.

Houston is also at #17 in the AP, with fellow G5s Utah State at #18 and Fresno State at #20.

South Florida and Cincinnati are both receiving votes in both polls.

Tuesday: The First CFP Rankings

UCF’s attention will be firmly fixed on ESPN Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for the unveiling of the first College Football Playoff Committee Rankings. Those rankings are assembled by 13 committee members - one of which is Georgia Tech A.D. and former UCF A.D. Todd Stansbury. It’s these rankings that will be used to determine the seedings for the College Football Playoff Semifinals.