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Arizona Wildcats Football: AP Top 25 voters watch Week 10

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Notes about Arizona’s No. 14 ranking in the AP Top 25 poll released yesterday after the Wildcats routed Washington State 59-37:

Head-scratcher: Although Arizona won by 22 points against a team it was favored to beat by only 2.5 points, the Wildcats dropped in the polls of 11 voters. That could be understandable if Arizona won by only a touchdown against Washington State, which lost by that margin to No. 5 Oregon. If you recall, the Ducks lost at Autzen Stadium to Arizona. The Wildcats did not budge in the ballots of 25 voters, which can be reasoned to the fact that the Cougars are 2-6 overall.

Biggest jump: Arizona could only go up in Scott Wolf’s ballot after he did not rank the Wildcats in the last couple of weeks. The Wildcats went from unranked in the Los Angeles Daily News reporter’s poll to No. 20, a jump of six spots. The next biggest jump was four spots on the ballots of Chad Cripe of Idaho Statesman (No. 19 to No. 15) and Keith Sargeant of Ashbuy Park (N.J.) Press (No. 21 to No. 17).

Crazy: Arizona received its biggest jump (seven spots) last week after a bye in the poll of Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Despite Arizona’s impressive victory over Washington State, the Wildcats dropped two spots in Lewis’ poll this week (from No. 14 to No. 16).

Reverse West coast bias?: Four of the 11 voters who dropped Arizona in their polls this week are from West of the Mississippi — Lewis, Jon Wilner (San Jose Mercury News), Chris Murray (Reno, Nev., Gazette-Journal) and Steve Nulph (Laramie, Wyo., Boomerang). Maybe they thought Arizona did not merit to stay at its previous spot or move up because it was Washington State?

Not buying Arizona: Kirk Bohls of the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman has the Wildcats ranked No. 21, dropping one spot from last week. That was after the Wildcats fell four spots in his poll after the bye week.

Believers: Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Donald Heath of the Savannah (Ga.) News are the only voters who have kept Arizona in their Top 10 after the upset win at Oregon.

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WHERE AP TOP 25 VOTERS SHIFTED ARIZONA RANKING
Source: College Poll Tracker
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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