Arizona Wildcats football: On bowl projections, power rankings and more

2013-11-18T10:28:00Z Arizona Wildcats football: On bowl projections, power rankings and moreDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 18, 2013 10:28 am  • 

When the Arizona Wildcats beat Cal earlier this month to move to 6-2, it looked like a bowl game was a certainty. 

The UA will still likely go bowling, but it's certainly not a done deal anymore.

After two straight losses, Arizona is 6-4 with games left against Oregon at Arizona State. The Pac-12 could finish with as many as 10 teams eligible for a bowl if the UA finishes at 6-6, the Wildcats could be left out of the bowl picture. 

At the moment, most bowl prognosticators still have the UA included in the postseason picture, but in non Pac-12 affiliated bowls:

• Jerry Palm at CBSsports.com has the Wildcats spending New Years Eve in Shreveport, La., for the Independence Bowl. 

• The latest ESPN bowl projections have Arizona playing on New Years Day in Dallas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against a Conference USA team. 

In other links this morning:

• In our notebook, we wrote about the issues Arizona is having on third downs on both sides of the ball and five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor, who visited Tucson this week.

• The Wildcats moved down behind Washington State in the latest ESPN Pac-12 power rankings

• The Athlon Sports power rankings still have Arizona a spot ahead of Washington State, despite the loss to the Cougars, which seems curious to us. 

• The Oregonian, in its sneak peek at the UA, doesn't think much of the Wildcats and thinks the Ducks will roll in Tucson next weekend.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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