Despite returning what will likely end up as the most-prolific quarterback-to-receiver combination in Arizona history—Nick Foles to Juron Criner—Mike Stoops' program was unable to muster any believers from those college football rankings experts in the know.
And unfortunately for the Wildcats, it really does appear that there is nothing stable outside of Foles, Criner—both potential first-round NFL draft picks—a deep receiving crew and a talented secondary.
There are question marks dotting the field everywhere else, making it difficult to disagree with those prognosticators, even with the propensity of many of those talking-and-typing heads to snub the Pac-12.
Here are the five main reasons Arizona failed to crack anyone's preseason top 25 college football rankings (note: The first AP rankings do not come out until Oct. 9).
(Remember, people: This piece is based on the observations of one writer who is a lifelong follower of University of Arizona sports, an unabashedly biased view point. The experts on Arizona football—those who follow it closely on a day-in, day-out basis and have access to the program's key figures—include: Ryan Finley, Greg Hansen and Patrick Finley of the Arizona Daily Star, Anthony Gimino and staff ofTucsonCitizen.com, Jody Oehler of 1490-AM Tucson and the crews of the Wildcat Sports Report and GOAZCATS.com, among others. Most of the opinions formed in this writer's articles and slideshows are gleaned off the hard information provided by those sources. Expect them to be linked to often. Read/listen to them all.)