Sept. 19, 2010
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)
NEW YORK--Arizona (3-0), fresh off a solid victory, 34-27, over then No. 9 Iowa, moved up 10 spots in the weekly Associated Press poll to No. 14. UA was No. 24 heading into the Iowa game.
The ranking is the best in the regular-season for Arizona in 12 years.
The Wildcats were ranked for a few weeks last season, but before that it had been since 2000 that they last made the Top 25.
The last time they were ranked this highly in the regular season was 1998. Arizona finished that season No. 4 in the nation and was in the top 10 for the final six weeks of the season. The Wildcats started the next season ranked No. 4 as well, lost their opening game and quickly fell out of the rankings all together.
UA will play host to California (2-1) this Saturday in Arizona Stadium, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.(MST/PDT).
The victory over the Hawkeyes gave Arizona head coach Mike Stoops's Wildcat teams a victory over a ranked team each of his seven years in Tucson. Iowa dropped nine spots to No. 18.
Four other Pac-10 teams are ranked this week including No. 5 Oregon (3-0), No. 16 Stanford (3-0), No. 20 USC (3-0) and No. 24 Oregon State (1-1).
UA moved up a pair of slots in the USA Today Coaches poll to No. 16.