At 4-1 and accomplishing only the third 2-0 start in Pac-10/12 play since 2000, Arizona was in the “others receiving votes” category in today’s release of the AP Top 25 Poll.
The Wildcats, with 11 points, are the 33rd-ranked team. Washington, which visits Arizona Stadium on Saturday, dropped out of the rankings from No. 15 to the fourth team in the “others receiving votes” category after last night’s 23-13 loss at Stanford.
Four AP voters put Arizona in their Top 25, none from the West and all from the East or South:
Nate Mink of the Syracuse (N.Y.) Media Group — No. 21
Pat Dooley of the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun — No. 23
Lauren Brownlow of WRAL in Durham, N.C. — No. 24
Joe Dubin of WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tenn. — No. 25
ESPN writers project Arizona in two different bowls
Mark Schlabach of ESPN may get some grief from Arizona fans after his reporting of Sean Miller allegedly paying Deandre Ayton $100,000 to attend Arizona, but he has the Wildcats going to a bowl game as of now.
For the first time this year, Schlabach and fellow ESPN reporter Kyle Bonagura project Arizona to play in the postseason.
Schlabach has Arizona playing Florida State in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. Bonagura projects an Arizona-Texas Tech rematch in the Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field at Phoenix on Dec. 27.
Of course, a lot will happen between now and the seven games remaining in the regular season.
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