What They're Saying: Arizona enters polls

Arizona defeated Oregon this past Thursday and is now ranked in the top ten. Read on to see what the media is currently saying about the football program and more.

“It’s too early to declare Arizona a Pac-12 favorite. But if the rest of the league doesn’t start wising up to the Wildcats, it might be too late. From day one Rodriguez talked about getting Arizona to its first-ever Rose Bowl. In year three that type of talk no longer seems far-fetched.”

- Martin Rickman, SI.com

“In a conference swarming with productive quarterbacks, Arizona, the Pac-12’s only unbeaten team, is using a redshirt freshman, Anu Solomon, who has proved to be a second-half monster. He has completed 57.5 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and four interceptions in the first two quarters this season, and he has completed 69.3 percent with nine TDs and no interceptions in the third and fourth. Not ranked a week ago, Arizona zoomed to No. 10 this week.”

- Jake Curtis, SF Gate

“Trending up: Quite a week for “Rich Rod.” Not only did coach Rich Rodriguez’s current team upset Pac-12 power Oregon for the second straight year, but his former team, Michigan, the one he was supposedly never good enough for, was wistful for his services.”

- Joe Giglio, Newsobserver.com

“Weekly Winner: Arizona. No one gained more than the Wildcats this week, who jump - perhaps slightly presumptuously - to the top 10 nationally after being seen as a quaint group of young Cardiac Kids just a week ago. The 31-24 win over Oregon vaulted them up immediately, and they are the only Pac-12 team that hasn't taken a conference loss.

Think of it: new quarterback, new running back, a few new faces on the defense, and Arizona is at 5-0, the class of the South. It helps to have a few outstanding receivers in a defense-deficient league, as well as two surefire candidates for Freshman of the Year honors in Anu Solomon and Nick Wilson. Rich Rodriguez has crafted a young group into an offensive juggernaut.”

- Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune

“This, in fact, might be the state of the conference. The North and South Division champions might meet with two losses apiece. That would testify to the depth and quality of the conference, but it also might only get a respectful tip of the cap from the CFP selection committee. Of course, we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves. Seemingly every time we try to script the Pac-12 season, we are forced to do a rewrite. The seat belts and helmets, though, do feel like sound advice.

- Ted Miller, ESPN.com

“So here we are, not fully six weeks into the season, and Arizona, not Oregon, is now one of the Pac-12's two remaining undefeated teams, along with UCLA. The Wildcats won more convincingly on the road against the No. 2 team in the country than they did in their last game, a 49-45 win over Cal that came down to a Hail Mary.

Arizona may well wind up playing for the Pac-12 championship, but as of now it's still a team that's hard to feel confident in from one week to the next. UCLA was much the same way prior to its Thursday night rout of Arizona State a week earlier.”

- Stewart Mandel, FoxSports.com

“I really couldn't justify putting any one-loss team ahead of Arizona. The Wildcats have — at this moment — arguably the best win in college football, with their victory over the Ducks. The wins over Cal, Nevada and UTSA weren't pretty, but they were wins. And if we learned anything this weekend, it's that it's really hard to be 5-0 right now. I put the Wildcats below the rest of the undefeated teams (minus Georgia Tech) for a couple of reasons.

I have the UA behind TCU, because I had TCU in the rankings last week at No. 25 and the Horned Frogs beat a top four team in Oklahoma. Yes it was at home, as opposed to Arizona, but it's hard for me to penalize a team for that. So if I had them ahead of Arizona last week and all they did was beat a top four team, I couldn't justify putting Arizona ahead of them. None of the teams ahead of Arizona have a win as good as the victory at Oregon, but I viewed their overall body of work as better at this point.”

- Daniel Berk, Arizona Daily Star

“In all, the Pac-12 is not represented in my top seven but accounts for nearly 25 percent of my ballot (six teams). The conference lacks an elite team but is loaded with very good ones.

I’d have Arizona higher but for its soft non-conference schedule.I’d have Utah higher if not for a home loss to a team (Washington State) that lost to Rutgers and Nevada. I have Oregon as high as I do, despite serious reservations about its defense and overall fortitude, because of the victory over Michigan State.”

- Jon Wilner, Mercury News


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