Arizona Wildcats Get A Top-25 Vote In The BlogPoll, And Here's Why

SB Nation's final preseason BlogPoll was released Tuesday morning, and I didn't think we'd find anything about the Arizona Wildcats. I suppose I was wrong.

A quick glance at the "others receiving votes" showed that the Wildcats did garner a single vote. So I decided to investigate who was kind enough to give Rich Rodriguez so much credit -- or to find who was a little confused about the Wildcats' projected season.

Turns out, the reasoning has less to do with RichRod and more to do with graduation rates. The voters at Black Shoe Diaries, our equivalent Penn State blog, say football before academics, and for Arizona that holds true with a 48 percent graduation rate. Perhaps they are a little salty about NCAA procedure over there, but whatever the reasoning for going this route while voting, it does drop some heavy, not-so-good knowledge on us over here.

That rate is only better than Florida International and San Jose State, though realize the NCAA ratings are updated only through 2011.

So the Wildcats got a No. 3 vote. Not bad, but not for the right reasons.

Here's a look at the conglomerate poll.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Results for Week 1

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 USC Trojans (32) 24.14 2.26 Arrow_up 1
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (23) 24.01 2.49 Arrow_up 1
3 LSU Tigers (15) 23.70 2.42 Arrow_down -2
4 Oregon Ducks (1) 21.63 1.50 --
5 Oklahoma Sooners 21.27 2.84 --
6 Florida St. Seminoles 18.52 1.98 Arrow_up 2
7 Georgia Bulldogs 17.76 2.99 Arrow_down -1
8 Michigan Wolverines 16.25 2.80 Arrow_down -1
9 South Carolina Gamecocks 15.80 3.63 --
10 Wisconsin Badgers 15.68 2.91 Arrow_up 2
11 West Virginia Mountaineers 15.32 2.68 --
12 Arkansas Razorbacks 14.56 4.11 Arrow_down -2
13 Michigan St. Spartans 13.59 3.49 --
14 Clemson Tigers 10.87 4.04 Arrow_up 2
15 Virginia Tech Hokies 10.07 4.23 Arrow_up 2
16 Texas Longhorns (1) 8.48 4.66 Arrow_up 5
17 Nebraska Cornhuskers 8.38 3.29 Arrow_up 1
18 Ohio St. Buckeyes 7.25 5.64 Arrow_up 2
19 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 6.93 4.14 Arrow_up 4
20 TCU Horned Frogs 6.87 4.64 Arrow_down -6
21 Stanford Cardinal 6.10 3.98 Arrow_down -2
22 Kansas St. Wildcats 5.30 4.28 Arrow_down -7
23 Boise St. Broncos 4.08 3.81 Arrow_down -1
24 Florida Gators 3.08 3.44 Arrow_up 2
25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1.85 3.24 Arrow_down -1
Others Receiving Votes: Louisville Cardinals | Utah Utes | Washington Huskies | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | Auburn Tigers | Texas A&M Aggies | South Florida Bulls | North Carolina Tar Heels | Fla. International Golden Panthers | San Jose St. Spartans | Arizona Wildcats | Central Florida Knights | Florida Atlantic Owls | ULM Warhawks | Eastern Michigan Eagles | Hawaii Warriors | California Golden Bears | N.C. State Wolfpack|Missouri Tigers | UAB Blazers | Mississippi Rebels | Illinois Fighting Illini|BYU Cougars | Ohio Bobcats | Central Michigan Chippewas | Washington St. Cougars | Iowa Hawkeyes | Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Baylor Bears | Tennessee Volunteers | San Diego St. Aztecs | Cincinnati Bearcats | Louisiana Ragin Cajuns | Nevada Wolf Pack | Houston Cougars|New Mexico St. Aggies | Rutgers Scarlet Knights | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | New Mexico Lobos | Vanderbilt Commodores | Virginia Cavaliers | Dixie State Rebels | Northern Illinois Huskies | Duke Blue Devils | Ball St. Cardinals
Updated: Aug 28, 2012 10:00 AM EDT

Total Ballots: 71

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