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Arizona football: Wildcats picked to finish last in Pac-12 South

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Not much is expected of Arizona football this season

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Coming off their worst season in over a decade, a 3-9 campaign that featured just one conference win, the Arizona Wildcats are looking to hit the reset button in 2017.

But the media doesn’t expect 2017 to yield much different results.

Arizona was selected to finish last in the Pac-12 South by a rather large margin, and received the least number of votes from the media in the entire conference.

The USC Trojans and Washington Huskies were overwhelmingly selected to win their respective divisions.

Here is the full breakdown:

Pac-12 South

Finish Team First Place Votes Total
Finish Team First Place Votes Total
1 USC 49 309
2 Utah 1 220
3 UCLA 1 209
4 Colorado 1 182
5 Arizona State 0 109
6 Arizona 0 61

Pac-12 North

Finish Team First Place Votes Total
Finish Team First Place Votes Total
1 Washington 49 309
2 Stanford 1 247
3 Washington State 1 206
4 Oregon 1 163
5 Oregon State 0 101
6 California 0 64

The Wildcats being picked last is hardly a surprise. Their roster is full of question marks, as they’re bringing in over 50 new players — Rich Rodriguez admitted on Pac-12 Media Days that “it’s almost like a reboot” — and the team’s returning talent isn’t awe-inspiring.

However, Arizona can only go up from last season plus has a rather favorable schedule as it avoids playing Washington and Stanford.

But 2017 is expected to be a make-or-break season for Rodriguez, and if the media is correct and Arizona does finish last in the Pac-12 South, Arizona may be looking for a new head coach at the end of the year.