Arizona’s USA Today ranking is its highest since when?by Anthony Gimino on Sep. 12, 2010, under Sports
Arizona, after its 52-6 victory Saturday night against The Citadel, moved from No. 23 to No. 18 in the USA Today coaches poll.
I did some quick research on-line and in my college football encyclopedia and determined that this is the team’s highest ranking in the coaches poll since … well, since exactly 12 years ago. Arizona was rated 17th on Sept. 12, 1999, and then lost to Stanford.
The Wildcats reached 19th in the coaches poll last season before dropping out.
Also, there was some hope that ESPN would bring its GameDay show to Tucson for this week’s matchup being Arizona and No. 10 Iowa. Instead, GameDay is going to the state of Alabama for Clemson’s game at Auburn. Borrrring.
UPDATE: Arizona joins the AP Top 25, coming in at No. 24. The Wildcats’ highest individual ranking came from Tom Keegan of the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal World. He had Arizona at No. 14.
UPDATE NO. 2: Iowa, which is ranked ninth in the AP poll, opens as a 1-point favorite.