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Arizona Wildcats fall out of football rankings

Arizona Wildcats fall out of football rankings

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The Arizona Wildcats fell out of both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Polls today, two days after losing to No. 1 Oregon 48-29.

The Wildcats were the top vote-getter among unranked teams, setting them up for a possible return if they can defeat rival Arizona State on Thursday.

The UA (7-4 overall 4-4 Pac-10) can punch a ticket either the Alamo or Holiday bowls with a win over the Sun Devils; the Wildcats' rivals were eliminated from postseason contention Saturday, when Georgia defeated Georgia Tech to become the 70th bowl-eligible team in the country.

The Sun Devils (5-6, 3-5) were hoping to upset Arizona and then petition the NCAA for an at-large bid, since only one of their two wins over Div. 1 FCS (formerly Div. 1-AA) teams counts toward bowl eligibility.

Oregon remained No. 1 in both polls, while Stanford - which crushed Oregon State on Saturday - ascended to No. 5 in the nation. Should both spots hold for another week, Oregon will play in the BCS National Championship while Stanford will compete in another BCS bowl game.

Arizona, with a win, could slot itself into the Alamo or Holiday bowls. Washington can become bowl eligible with a win over rival Washington State Saturday, though it's unlikely the Huskies would jump the Wildcats in bowl priority. Oregon State would have to upset the top-ranked Ducks to qualify for the postseason.

Arizona had been ranked since defeating The Citadel in Week 2.


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