The Associated Press preseason poll is out — and the Arizona Wildcats appeared on five of the 60 ballots.
Overall, Arizona received 15 points, tied for 35th with Clemson. That was good for fifth-place among Pac-10 teams, behind Oregon (No. 11), USC (No. 14), Oregon State (No. 24) and Stanford (27th).
This all seems fairly reasonable to me. It’s about the mid-point of expectations for the Wildcats, perhaps a bit on the low side. I think Arizona, for example, has a chance to be closer to the 20th-best team in the country than the 50th-best team.
Not that it much matters. As will be repeated often, the window of opportunity is wide-open in the Pac-10 and we should be asking, “If not now, when?”
At least the writers’ poll didn’t include any goofy votes for Arizona State, as did the coaches’ poll. (The Wildcats were 29th in the USA Today coaches’ poll, in case you forgot.)
OK, so which of the football scribes voted for Arizona? Here they are:
Cole Harvey (No. 22). He is from the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph.
Jon Wilner (No. 22). The former Arizona Daily Star basketball beat writer (and my former colleague there), writes the informative College Hotline blog for the San Jose Mercury News.
Kirk Herbstreit (No. 22). ESPN’s Herbie always has the Wildcats on his radar.
Chip Cosby (No. 24). Cosby writes for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader.
Tom Keegan (No. 25). He writes for the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal World.
A couple of other notes:
The state of Arizona always gets one vote in the AP poll, usually bouncing back and forth between the Phoenix and Tucson media. The Arizona Republic’s Doug Haller has the state’s vote this season.
How weird is it that Middle Tennessee receives votes, but Tennessee doesn’t? And Central Michigan has votes, but Michigan doesn’t.
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