The Wildcats aren't No. 1, as offensive lineman Phillip Garcia is indicating, but No. 14 isn't bad/Photo by Chris Morrison, US-PRESSWIRE
The Arizona Wildcats show up on all 60 AP ballots this week, moving from No. 24 to No. 14 after its 34-27 victory over ninth-ranked Iowa on Saturday night.
The Hawkeyes dropped to No. 18.
This is Arizona’s highest ranking in the AP poll since the 1999 preseason poll, when the Cats were ranked fourth heading into their opener at Penn State, which stomped Arizona 41-7.
Curiously, the coaches were less reluctant to move Arizona ahead of other teams that won Saturday, albeit against lesser competition. They elevated the Wildcats only two spots, from No. 18 to No. 16.
Arizona’s best AP ranking this week comes from Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He picks UA sixth.
You have to wonder about the 10 voters who had Iowa ranked higher than Arizona on their ballots. The Hawkeyes hung tough on the road (and I don’t think they deserved to drop nine spots) but how do you ignore the head-to-head result, especially when Iowa doesn’t have a high-quality victory to point to?
Other oddness: Rob Long of a radio station in Baltimore picks Arizona State as No. 23 in the country. He was the only one who ranks ASU, which has two wins over lower-division teams and a painful loss to Wisconsin. A nice showing, but it’s still a loss without anything else resembling a quality victory.