With their late-game collapse over the weekend, the Wildcats waved bye-bye to the BCS standings for a second time this season…but still Arizona remains bowl bound and down.
The Wildcats (7-5, 4-5) will have to wait until Dec. 2 to find out their fate but at least their back in the bowl conversation after a year off…not that things were so great when Arizona was bowl-worthy.
The Wildcats are hoping this year’s postseason outcome will be similar to 2008 when the Wildcats burst back onto the bowl scene defeated BYU 31-21 in the 2008 Pioneer Bowl…and less like the two bowl appearances to follow in which Arizona received back-to-back beatdowns by a combined score of 10-69, losing to Nebraska in the 2009 Holiday Bowl and Oklahoma State in the 2010 Alamo Bowl.
The Wildcats squandered their chances this year at the level of bowl they’d become accustom to playing in, but a bowl is a bowl and some city is going to get an Arizona team capable of putting on a show, with plenty still to prove.
So where to for the Wildcats?
Gildan New Mexico Bowl? MAACO Las Vegas Bowl? Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl?
Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star did a heck of a job breaking it down earlier in the week…check it out!
BCS Standings: NR (No. 24 – .0836 LW)
For the second time this season, Arizona exited the revolving door that is the bottom of the BCS standings as quickly as it entered.
Making the list twice in seven weeks speaks to how tough the Wildcats played all season but also to how much work there is still to be done in the desert.
AP Poll: NR (NR LW)
Arizona’s four total votes were 142 votes from the top 25 but still good enough for 36th overall.
The Wildcats have now received single-digit votes in three of the last four weeks since falling out of the rankings in week 11.
This week’s most egregious poll posting has to be Oklahoma State at No. 24.
The Cowboys are one of two four-loss teams in the top 25, despite losing every team in the Big 12 with a winning conference record…and to Arizona in week two.
If losing multiple close games to teams in the top 25 is what voters want…look no further than the Wildcats.
Four of the five teams Arizona lost to, made the list.
Voters aren’t giving ASU any love so that’s good.
First three in front of Arizona: Fresno State (12), USC (7), Arkansas State (5)
Teams behind Arizona: Cincinnati (3), Ball State (1), Mississippi State (1), North Carolina (1)
USA Today Coaches Poll: NR (NR LW)
The Wildcats only lost two votes from a week ago.
Good enough for 39th with a total of three votes, Arizona officially finished the regular season a consensus top 40.
Not bad for a team in the first year of rebuilding mode.
First three in front of Arizona: Middle Tennessee (7), Louisiana Tech (7), UCF (5)
First three behind Arizona: Toledo (2), USC (1), Baylor (1)