College football rankings, Week 5: Arizona Wildcats gain in USA Today poll

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Wildcats significantly moved up in the USA Today Coaches Poll after the bye.

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.

AP Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (56) 3-0 1,496 1
2 Oregon (4) 3-0 1,418 2
3 Clemson 3-0 1,340 3
4 Ohio State 4-0 1,320 4
5 Stanford 3-0 1,270 5
6 LSU 4-0 1,167 6
7 Louisville 4-0 1,088 7
8 Florida State 3-0 1,049 8
9 Georgia 2-1 1,029 9
10 Texas A&M 3-1 1,011 10
11 Oklahoma State 3-0 849 11
12 South Carolina 2-1 828 12
13 UCLA 3-0 798 13
14 Oklahoma 3-0 689 14
15 Miami (FL) 3-0 687 16
16 Washington 3-0 559 17
17 Northwestern 4-0 477 18
18 Michigan 4-0 450 15
19 Baylor 3-0 441 20
20 Florida 2-1 414 19
21 Mississippi 3-0 342 21
22 Notre Dame 3-1 256 22
23 Wisconsin 3-1 130 24
24 Texas Tech 4-0 127 25
25 Fresno State 3-0 110 NR
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

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (59) 3-0 1547 1
2 Oregon (3) 3-0 1480 2
3 Ohio St. 4-0 1399 3
4 Clemson 3-0 1332 4
5 Stanford 3-0 1312 5
6 LSU 4-0 1161 7
7 Louisville 4-0 1140 6
8 Florida St. 3-0 1121 8
9 Texas A&M 3-1 1044 9
10 Georgia 2-1 1020 10
11 Oklahoma St. 3-0 909 11
12 Oklahoma 3-0 863 12
13 South Carolina 2-1 825 13
14 UCLA 3-0 731 15
15 Miami 3-0 613 17
16 Northwestern 4-0 560 16
17 Michigan 4-0 534 14
18 Baylor 3-0 465 19
19 Florida 2-1 449 18
20 Washington 3-0 427 20
21 Mississippi 3-0 331 22
22 Notre Dame 3-1 317 21
23 Fresno St. 3-0 156 25
24 Wisconsin 3-1 98 NR
25 Texas Tech 4-0 92 NR
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
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