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Arizona Wildcats Football: AP Top 25 voters watch Week 13

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Notes about Arizona’s No. 15 ranking in the AP Top 25 poll released Sunday after the Wildcats beat outlasted Washington 27-26 on Saturday:

Scott Nulph, AP Top 25 voter, simply does not like Arizona

Scott Nulph, AP Top 25 voter, simply does not like Arizona

Hard to please: Despite Arizona winning two of its last three games and compiling an overall record of 8-2, AP Top 25 voter Scott Nulph of the Laramie (Wyo.) Boomerang continues to not rank the Wildcats in his poll. Nulph had Arizona ranked No. 10 after the Wildcats upset Oregon. He must believe that was a fluke as is Arizona winning 80 percent of its games. Nulph, by the way, kept TCU at No. 3 from his poll last week despite the Horned Frogs struggling mightily against a weak Kansas team. He also has an 8-2 Nebraska team that got throttled by Wisconsin and running back Melvin Gordon 59-24 at No. 21 in his poll. TCU … Nebraska … Wyoming … notice a regional trend?

No look out below: For the first time since Arizona beat Oregon none of the voters dropped Arizona in the their ballots. Four voters who kept Arizona at the same spot they had the Wildcats before the escape over Washington. One of them was Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press. He ranked Arizona the highest among voters at No. 12 in his poll before the Washington game. He kept Arizona at the same spot after the game. Seven voters now rank Arizona higher.

Whatever floats your boat: Jay Binkley of Kansas City KCSP-AM jumped Arizona 10 spots in his poll from last week to No. 11. That was the highest jump for the Wildcats among the voters. Strange thing is Binkley has Arizona ranked higher now than after the Wildcats upset Oregon. He ranked Arizona No. 13 at that time. Binkley is one of seven voters who have Arizona ranked higher now than after it beat the Ducks.

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Two of them — Logan Lowery of the Northeast (Miss.) Daily Journal and Adam Sparks of the Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Daily News Journal — boosted Arizona tremendously in their polls this week. Lowery improved Arizona nine spots to No. 13 and Sparks from No. 18 to No. 10. Lowery ranked Arizona No. 17 after the win over Oregon. Sparks had the Wildcats No. 11.

More believers: Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman and Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram ranked the Wildcats highest at No. 10 along with Sparks. Only two weeks ago, Cripe had Arizona ranked No. 23.

Top 20 team: Every voter, except Nulph, has the Wildcats among the Top 20 teams in the country, which is fair given Arizona’s 8-2 record. After the win over Oregon, all of the voters had Arizona in their top 20.

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WHERE AP TOP 25 VOTERS SHIFTED ARIZONA RANKING
Source: College Poll Tracker. UNR-Unranked. DNV-Did not vote.
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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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