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Arizona football: Wildcats receive two votes in preseason Coaches Poll

Arizona opens the year ranked 45th in the Coaches Poll

NCAA Football: Southern California at Arizona Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There are not very high expectations for the Arizona Wildcats in 2016, but that didn’t stop them from picking up a couple votes in the first poll of the season.

The preseason USA Today Amway Coaches poll is out, and Arizona makes an appearance in the "others receiving votes" category:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 0-0 1585 55 NR
2 Clemson Tigers 0-0 1524 7 NR
3 Oklahoma Sooners 0-0 1398 0 NR
4 Florida State Seminoles 0-0 1351 1 NR
5 Ohio State Buckeyes 0-0 1321 0 NR
6 LSU Tigers 0-0 1241 0 NR
7 Stanford Cardinal 0-0 1149 0 NR
8 Michigan Wolverines 0-0 1062 0 NR
9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 0-0 1034 0 NR
10 Tennessee Volunteers 0-0 960 1 NR
11 Michigan State Spartans 0-0 901 0 NR
12 Ole Miss Rebels 0-0 792 0 NR
13 Houston Cougars 0-0 668 0 NR
14 TCU Horned Frogs 0-0 649 0 NR
15 Iowa Hawkeyes 0-0 579 0 NR
16 Georgia Bulldogs 0-0 525 0 NR
17 USC Trojans 0-0 468 0 NR
18 Washington Huskies 0-0 454 0 NR
19 Oklahoma State Cowboys 0-0 426 0 NR
20 North Carolina Tar Heels 0-0 422 0 NR
21 Baylor Bears 0-0 383 0 NR
22 Oregon Ducks 0-0 361 0 NR
23 Louisville Cardinals 0-0 331 0 NR
24 UCLA Bruins 0-0 296 0 NR
25 Florida Gators 0-0 245 0 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Miami (Fla.) 120; Wisconsin 82; Utah 73; Boise State 73; Washington State 47; Texas A&M 37; Texas 34; Arkansas 34; Northwestern 31; Navy 30; Mississippi State 19; San Diego State 18; Nebraska 17; Auburn 17; Western Kentucky 11; Pittsburgh 8; Brigham Young 6; Appalachian State 4; Duke 3; Arizona 2; Marshall 2; Toledo 2; South Florida 2; Memphis 1; Indiana 1; Northern Illinois 1.

The two votes Arizona received essentially makes it 45th in this particular ranking. Week One opponent BYU received six votes, making the Cougars 42nd.

Five Pac-12 teams are inside the Top 25. Stanford leads the way at No. 7, with USC (17), Washington (18), Oregon (22) and UCLA (24) rounding out the rest of the group. Utah and Washington State are also receiving votes.

Rich Rodriguez is a voter in this year’s coaches poll. So is former Wildcat Dino Babers, the new Syracuse head coach. Clay Helton, Mike Leach, Mike MacIntyire, Chris Petersen and Kyle Whittingham are the other Pac-12 coaches that will be voting this year.