The Arizona Wildcats, who had the support of one AP voter last week, was shut out of the voting this week after a closer-than-expected call at Cal.
Arizona won 33-28 in Berkeley to improve to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-12, although the three conference wins — over Utah, Colorado and Cal — are against teams that are a combined 1-15 in the league.
The prove-it game is this Saturday at home against UCLA.
Anyway, Tom Murphy of the Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, Ark., had Arizona at No. 24 last week and essentially replaced the Wildcats with Arizona State, which he did not rank last week.
As for my ballot, I mentally flipped a coin between Florida State and Oregon and moved the Seminoles to No. 2 after their emphatic victory over Miami. It doesn’t much matter. If the Ducks defeat Stanford on Thursday night, Oregon goes right back to No. 2 based on its overall resume.
Alabama, which had 52 of the 60 first-place votes, is still No. 1.
Not much action elsewhere in the poll, as eight ranked teams were idle and no Top 25 team lost to an unranked team.
This shapes up to be a much-more thrilling weekend, though, with Oregon-Stanford kicking it off. Oklahoma is at Baylor, and LSU goes to Alabama. Michigan State at Nebraska isn’t bad, and BYU at Wisconsin is an intriguing non-conference game that could shake up the fringes of the poll.
Here is the ballot I submitted Sunday: