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College football rankings: Arizona earns a vote in Coaches Poll

They got one!

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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
3 Oklahoma Sooners 11-2 1382 3 NR
4 Oregon Ducks 11-2 1314 1 NR
5 Auburn Tigers 12-2 1271 NR
6 Ohio State Buckeyes 12-2 1267 1 NR
7 UCLA Bruins 10-3 1085 NR
8 Michigan State Spartans 13-1 1050 NR
9 South Carolina Gamecocks 11-2 1009 1 NR
10 Baylor Bears 11-2 965 NR
11 Stanford Cardinal 11-3 955 NR
12 Georgia Bulldogs 8-5 905 NR
13 LSU Tigers 10-3 833 NR
14 Wisconsin Badgers 9-4 654 NR
15 USC Trojans 10-4 627 NR
16 Clemson Tigers 11-2 535 NR
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9-4 509 NR
18 Arizona State Sun Devils 10-4 358 NR
19 Mississippi Rebels 8-5 346 NR
20 Texas A&M Aggies 9-4 266 NR
21 Kansas State Wildcats 8-5 257 NR
22 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-4 228 NR
23 North Carolina Tar Heels 7-6 175 NR
24 Texas Longhorns 8-5 143 NR
25 Washington Huskies 9-4 142 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.