It's hard to say which poll is more accurate. The AP poll, which takes into account media member opinions, might be based upon lesser football knowledge but with a closer eye on the overall landscape of college football. Meanwhile, the USA Today Coaches Poll obviously has a honed perspective of the game but less attention toward the state of sport as a whole -- coaches hardly have enough time to pay attention to their own league, let alone their own teams.
The Arizona Wildcats had a bye week, but that didn't stop them from moving up in one poll heading into Week 5. In Week 4, they were 32nd in both polls. Rich Rodriguez's team stayed in that position in the AP poll and actually garnered fewer points (eight opposed to 11 last week). In the USA Today poll, however, UA improved three spots and have 33 points compared to 29 last week.
Interesting, and in general it matters little. Arizona faces a very good Washington squad on Saturday. The Huskies are ranked 16th in the AP Poll and 20th in the Coaches poll, and those could undersell Steve Sarkisian's crew.
Maybe it doesn't matter a bit. But hey, we know you're happy the Wildcats are ahead of ASU this week.
|Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 41, Georgia Tech 30, Maryland 24, UCF 19, Nebraska 13, Northern Illinois 9, Arizona 8, Virginia Tech 4, Michigan State 3, Missouri 2, Rutgers 1, Navy 1|
USA Today Coaches Poll
|Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 47, UCF 35, Nebraska 34, Arizona 33, Northern Illinois 21, Arizona State 19, Maryland 11, Michigan State 8, Rutgers 5, Texas 4, Virginia Tech 3, Missouri 2, Utah 1, Minnesota 1|