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Sonoran Hot Reads: First College Football Playoff rankings released

The Pac-12 is...uh...alright

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While the state of Arizona doesn't really have anything at stake with the College Football Playoff this year outside of which two teams will end up in Glendale, the rest of the Pac-12 still does, and the first rankings were not good for the conference. Stanford is the top Pac-12 team, and they are 11th. Utah is 12th. UCLA is 23rd, and is somehow ahead of two undefeated teams in Houston and Toledo (the Rockets did lose Tuesday night to NIU). Ted Miller explains what's happening here, and it's not because Pat Haden had to leave the committee, and Condoleezza Rice isn't allowed to make cases for Stanford

- USC interim head coach Clay Helton explains why it's still tough to prepare for Arizona

Check out this podcast over at Conquest Chronicles previewing this weekend's game

- We love Mike Leach, and we love him more after saying ASU should be investigated for stealing signs. Todd Graham? Not even thinking about denying that ASU does this

- Rich Rodriguez addressed some of the coaching rumors surrounding him at Monday's press conference

- Travis Haney still has RichRod going to Virginia Tech

Basketball

- Arizona plays UNLV this year, and MW Connection has the five Rebels to watch this year

- The Wildcats' schedule may benefit them in their quest for another Pac-12 title

- ESPN ranked the top 100 players in the country, and in somewhat of a surprise, Ryan Anderson is 27th. Kaleb Tarczewski is 72nd

Other sports

- Former Wildcat Amy Skieresz was named the Pac-12 Women's Cross Country Runner of the Century

Women's tennis is heading out to California this weekend

- Women's golf finished 3rd in Hawaii behind UCLA and ASU

- Swimmer Dominic Ricotta is a fan of Toy Story and alligators

- Volleyball hosts the Washington schools this week

Tucson news

- Tucson is the 4th-best city in the country to host conferences?