College football rankings: Arizona earns mention in USA Today Preaseason Coaches' Poll

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The Wildcats earned five points in the first USA Today Coaches Poll for 2013.

The Arizona Wildcats received five points in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll for the 2013 college football season, good enough to rank them a technical 42nd in the nation.

USA Today released the poll at noon Eastern Time on Thursday and five Pac-12 squads made the initial top-25 list.

The Alabama Crimson Tide earned the most votes and garnered 58 of 62 first-place nods. The Ohio State Buckeyes, fresh off a poll ban, came in second. Pac-12 North powers Oregon and Stanford went third and fourth, while Georgia rounded out the top-five.

The SEC dominated the top of the Coaches Poll by filling five of the top 10 slots.

Pac-12 South Division favorite UCLA came in at No. 21 and usual powerhouse USC barely slipped into the top-25. The Trojans were ranked No. 24 in the preseason rankings. Arizona State also received more votes than the Wildcats and enter 2013 with 51 points.

Arizona finished the 2012 season unranked but did receive a single vote in the final USA Today poll following its New Mexico Bowl comeback win.

Here's the entire preseason poll:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (58) 13-1 1545 1
2 Ohio St. (3) 12-0 1427 NR
3 Oregon 12-1 1397 2
4 Stanford 12-2 1262 6
5 Georgia 12-2 1250 4
6 Texas A&M (1) 11-2 1215 5
7 South Carolina 11-2 1136 7
8 Clemson 11-2 1047 9
9 Louisville 11-2 1010 13
10 Florida 11-2 930 10
11 Notre Dame 12-1 872 3
12 Florida St. 12-2 844 8
13 LSU 10-3 797 12
14 Oklahoma St. 8-5 726 NR
15 Texas 9-4 622 18
16 Oklahoma 10-3 620 15
17 Michigan 8-5 589 NR
18 Nebraska 10-4 426 23
19 Boise St. 11-2 420 14
20 TCU 7-6 400 NR
21 UCLA 9-5 202 NR
22 Northwestern 10-3 186 16
23 Wisconsin 8-0 172 NR
24 USC 7-6 165 NR
25 Oregon St. 9-4 135 19
Schools Dropped Out
No. 11 Kansas State (11-2), No. 17 Utah State (11-2), No. 20 Vanderbilt (9-4), No. 21 San Jose State (11-2), No. 22 Cincinnati (10-3), No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-2), No. 25 Tulsa (11-3).
Others Receiving Votes
Kansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.
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