College football rankings, Week 3: Arizona Wildcats still creeping

Ethan Miller

The Arizona football team is steadily gaining steam in the AP Poll but made a significant jump in the coaches poll.

Rich Rodriguez's Arizona Wildcats might have a quarterback situation that hasn't heated up to a Code Red sort of level. Indeed they're still winning, and indeed those victories haven't been against the most steadfast opponents.

In the Associated Press Poll, the Wildcats are 35th, just a spot ahead of last week's No. 36 ranking. Pac-12 rivals Oregon (No. 2), Stanford (No. 5) UCLA (No. 16) and Washington (No. 19) all held steady or made moves up the boards. The USA Today Coaches' Poll tabs Arizona at 31st and just three spots behind rival Arizona State.

Anyway, it's interesting to note that Ohio State, ranked No. 2 in both polls last week, fell a couple spots despite a win. They have a different sort of quarterback issue -- Heisman candidate Braxton Miller hurt his knee, and that put some apprehension into the votes, no doubt.

So at which point with Arizona's quarterback issues spring the same fear, not just among voters but the coaching staff? Already, there's worry about B.J. Denker, reports Daniel Berk of the Arizona Daily Star. But what's behind him? Maybe it'll become a non-issue.

As of now, it's certainly an issue worth investigating further according to the Arizona fans.

AP Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (57) 1-0 1,494 1
2 Oregon (1) 2-0 1,385 2
3 Clemson (1) 2-0 1,332 4
4 Ohio State (1) 2-0 1,327 3
5 Stanford 1-0 1,271 5
6 Texas A&M 2-0 1,133 7
7 Louisville 2-0 1,105 8
8 LSU 2-0 1,075 9
9 Georgia 1-1 1,036 11
10 Florida State 1-0 1,011 10
11 Michigan 2-0 872 17
12 Oklahoma State 2-0 834 13
13 South Carolina 1-1 829 6
14 Oklahoma 2-0 675 16
15 Miami (FL) 2-0 615 NR
16 UCLA 1-0 488 18
17 Northwestern 2-0 452 19
18 Florida 1-1 405 12
19 Washington 1-0 392 20
20 Wisconsin 2-0 378 21
21 Notre Dame 1-1 333 14
22 Baylor 2-0 295 23
23 Nebraska 2-0 277 22
24 TCU 1-1 170 24
25 Mississippi 2-0 78 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 64, Michigan State 26, Texas 26, Fresno State 26, Northern Illinois 21, Virginia Tech 15, Brigham Young 14, Georgia Tech 10, Illinois 9, Arizona 9, Penn State 7, Bowling Green 7, Boise State 3, Tennessee 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (58) 1-0 1545 1
2 Oregon (1) 2-0 1447 3
3 Ohio St. (2) 2-0 1429 2
4 Stanford 1-0 1327 4
5 Clemson 2-0 1307 5
6 Texas A&M (1) 2-0 1242 7
7 Louisville 2-0 1121 8
8 LSU 2-0 1067 11
9 Florida St. 1-0 1040 10
10 Georgia 1-1 1021 12
11 Oklahoma St. 2-0 866 14
12 Michigan 2-0 860 17
13 Oklahoma 2-0 800 15
14 South Carolina 1-1 788 6
15 Nebraska 2-0 478 19
16 Northwestern 2-0 473 20
17 UCLA 1-0 471 18
18 Wisconsin 2-0 455 21
18 Miami 2-0 455 24
20 Florida 1-1 410 9
21 Notre Dame 1-1 348 13
22 Baylor 2-0 297 NR
23 Washington 1-0 253 23
24 TCU 1-1 195 24
25 Mississippi 2-0 91 NR
Schools Dropped Out
No. 16 Texas (1-1), No. 22 Southern California (1-1).
Others Receiving Votes
Michigan State 74; Fresno State 59; Arizona State 48; Texas 38; Northern Illinois 27; Arizona 21; Brigham Young 18; Arkansas 16; Georgia Tech 12; Virginia Tech 8; Texas Tech 7; Central Florida 6; East Carolina 6; Southern California 5; Bowling Green 3; Illinois 3; Kansas State 3; Boise State 2; Tennessee 2; Utah 2; Utah State 2; Boston College 1; Rutgers 1.
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