The Arizona Wildcats earned one lonely vote in the preseason coaches poll released by USA Today (now known as the Amway Coaches Poll, by the way). Arizona, by this projection, in this ranking, is considered the seventh-best Pac-12 team.
The Oregon Ducks lead the conference and are ranked fourth behind reigning national champion Florida State, Alabama and Oklahoma, in that order. Pac-12 South favorite UCLA comes in at seventh, and Pac-12 Champion Stanford ranks 11th in the preseasons polling. At 15th, USC gives the Pac-12 four teams in the top-15. Arizona State (18th) and Washington (25th) round out the conference squads in the top-25, while Oregon State earned four total votes.
The Wildcats will face quite the unimpressive non-conference schedule this year, but the polling assures Rich Rodriguez's team that even in filling in for B.J. Denker and Ka'Deem Carey while growing the depth on the defensive side of the ball, it'll be another tough go during the Pac-12 schedule.
And as Jason Kirk of the mothership explains further in depth, it remains to be seen how his poll (and others) will affect the college football playoff since the BCS is no longer a thing.
College football preseason coaches poll
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||POINTS||FIRST PLACE VOTES||PREVIOUS RANK|
|1||Florida State Seminoles||14-0||1543||56||NR|
|2||Alabama Crimson Tide||11-2||1455||NR|
|6||Ohio State Buckeyes||12-2||1267||1||NR|
|8||Michigan State Spartans||13-1||1050||NR|
|9||South Carolina Gamecocks||11-2||1009||1||NR|
|17||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||9-4||509||NR|
|18||Arizona State Sun Devils||10-4||358||NR|
|20||Texas A&M Aggies||9-4||266||NR|
|21||Kansas State Wildcats||8-5||257||NR|
|23||North Carolina Tar Heels||7-6||175||NR|
Others Receiving Votes:
Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.