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The Wildcats have already upset Florida in the biggest game on their schedule. Now they have to just wait and see what the other big teams will do with their schedules.
We have seen Temple beat Syracuse and Butler topple Indiana in an overtime thriller, so it is possible for the 'Cats to overtake Duke and Michigan if they maintain their spotless record.
Much like Arizona, but on a much larger scale, the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils have made it through the toughest part of their schedule, beating three Top Five teams in the month of November. The Atlantic Coast Conference, once labeled as the toughest in the nation, is suffering from mediocrity, with only one other team in the Top 25 polls.
North Carolina State is ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll at 10-2, and the Blue Devils' biggest rival, the North Carolina Tar Heels, are now 10-3 after upsetting No. 20 UNLV on Saturday. The Tar Heels could see a number in front of their name going into conference play.
Michigan has a much tougher road to navigate, as it enters conference play with five teams in the Big Ten currently ranked in the Top 25. The Wolverines face back-to-back showdowns on the road at No. 10 Ohio State and No. 11 Minnesota in mid-January. It will not get any easier, as they will later face a 10-day stretch in which they have to play at No. 5 Indiana and at in-state rival No. 19 Michigan State.
If the Wolverines can escape conference play unscathed, they deserve the No. 1 ranking regardless of what any other team does.
The good news for Wildcat fans is that it seems nearly impossible.