It’s a season of low expectations for the Arizona Wildcats football team — picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 South by the league’s media — but it did end up getting the same number of votes in the preseason AP poll as USC:
Yes, Arizona appeared on one of the 62 media ballots in the preseason poll, that coming from Davis Potter of the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming.
A lot has to go right for the Cats to make the Top 25 after a 5-7 season: senior quarterback Khalil Tate has to be great, transfers on both lines have to be valuable contributors, young receivers have to emerge, etc., etc…
But it’s not as if everyone thinks there are super-high hurdles in the Pac-12.
Oregon was the league’s highest-ranked team in the preseason poll, at No. 11. Washington is No. 13 and Utah is 14th. Two more teams make the Top 25 — No. 23 Washington State and No. 25 Stanford.
So, there’s good depth at least.
Arizona State received three points in others receiving votes.