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|
|4||Florida State Seminoles||0-0||1351||1||NR|
|5||Ohio State Buckeyes||0-0||1321||0||NR|
|9||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||0-0||1034||0||NR|
|11||Michigan State Spartans||0-0||901||0||NR|
|12||Ole Miss Rebels||0-0||792||0||NR|
|14||TCU Horned Frogs||0-0||649||0||NR|
|19||Oklahoma State Cowboys||0-0||426||0||NR|
|20||North Carolina Tar Heels||0-0||422||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.