The Arizona Wildcats are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in more than two years.
Arizona – which is 6-2 and riding a four-game winning streak – checks in at No. 23 in the latest AP poll released Sunday morning.
It’s the first time the Wildcats have been ranked since Week 4 of the 2015 season. Arizona lost to UCLA that week with ESPN’s “College GameDay” in town and hadn’t sniffed the Top 25 since.
Arizona defeated then-No. 15 Washington State 58-37 on Saturday night. The Cougars fell to No. 25 in the poll.
Arizona also made the Amway Coaches Poll for the first time this season at No. 25.
The first set of College Football Playoff Rankings will be released Tuesday. There’s a good chance Arizona will make that top 25 as well. It would be almost impossible for Arizona to make the CFP with two losses and a weak non-conference schedule, but it would be a rewarding moment for a program that went 3-9 last season.
(Note: I am an AP voter. I ranked Arizona No. 22. It was the first time this season I put the Wildcats in the Top 25.)