Arizona entered a Thursday night showdown against the Oregon Ducks ranked 29th in both the AP Poll and Amway Coaches Poll. One major upset to start the week, a 31-24 win for Arizona, wasn't the last, and a wild few days of college football leapt the Wildcats 16 spots to 13th in the Coaches Poll released on Sunday morning.
The AP Poll bumped Arizona all the way to 10th -- it is apparently the biggest leap up the rankings since the AP Poll went to a top-25 format in 1989.
The Pac-12 has indeed begun to eat itself alive. Stanford and its struggling offense lost at Notre Dame in what gave them the biggest fall in the standings, Utah dropped No. 8 UCLA, and unranked ASU needed a Hail Mary pass to beat the USC Trojans. That's forgetting Cal now leads the Pac-12 North after a 60-59 win over Wazzu, which got an FBS record 734 passing yards in the game from quarterback Connor Halliday.
Rich Rodriguez's team is now two spots behind Oregon and sole leader of the Pac-12, by record.
|1||Florida State||Florida State||Auburn|
|3||Mississippi State, Ole Miss (tie)||Baylor||Ole Miss|
|6||Notre Dame||Mississippi State||Texas A&M|
|8||Michigan State||Michigan State||Mississippi State|
|14||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||Michigan State|
|15||Ohio State||Ohio State||Stanford|
|16||Oklahoma State||Kansas State||LSU|
|17||Kansas State||UCLA||Ohio State|
|19||East Carolina||East Carolina||USC|
|20||Arizona State||Arizona State||Florida|