The climb in the polls has been slow, but the Central Florida Knights are week-by-week beginning to gain a little respect. This week’s Associated Press Top 25 shows UCF at the 18th position, up two from last week.

Saturday’s 31-21 win on the road at Navy was their most difficult test of the season. Another fact perhaps impressing voters was UCF’s ability to hold Navy to 247 yards rushing, nearly 150 under their season average.

UCF is now 6-0 for the first time in program history. They seek to extend that record on Saturday when they host Austin Peay.

American Athletic Conference (AAC) rival South Florida remained ahead of the Knights in the rankings, despite nearly blowing a 34-7 lead to Tulane. USF survived, but fell from No. 16 to No. 17. The Bulls are 7-0.

The Miami Hurricanes remained unbeaten with their 27-19 victory over Syracuse. They remained in the No. 8 position.

Alabama remained a unanimous selection at the top, followed by Penn State, Georgia, TCU and Wisconsin. Crashing the top 10 was Notre Dame, who came in at No. 8 after their 49-14 smackdown of previous No. 11 Southern California.

With Memphis moving up one spot to No. 24, the AAC placed three members in the top 25 for the second week in a row. The Big 12 led the Power 5 conferences with five teams total.

The SEC, Big 10, ACC and Pac 12 all placed four teams. Notre Dame plays as an independent

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