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Arizona Wildcats finish 19th in AP Top 25 poll

The Arizona Wildcats lost their final two games of the season, and it cost them in the final AP Top 25 poll of the season.

UA, which finished the season with a 10-4 record, came in at No. 19.

Arizona had risen to No. 10 in the College Football Playoff Rankings, but fell to Boise State 38-30 in the Vizio Fiesta Bowl. It, along with their 51-13 defeat to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game, was enough to drop them in the final rankings.

Four other Pac-12 teams finished in the Top-25 — with three of them landing ahead of Arizona. Oregon is second, UCLA 10th and Arizona State 12th. Utah came in at 21.

Arizona finished 17th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, with Oregon (2), UCLA (10), ASU (14) and Utah (20) also joining the top 25.

Still, it was not a bad season for the Wildcats, who won the Pac-12 South for the first time in school history. The final ranking is probably about where they belong given that of their 10 victories, six were by a touchdown or less.

Going forward, the future is bright for Pac-12 Coach of the Year Rich Rodriguez’s team. Quarterback Anu Solomon, who threw for 3,793 yards and 28 touchdowns, and Nick Wilson, who led the team with 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, will be sophomores. Leading receiver Cayleb Jones, who tallied 1,019 yards and 9 scores, will be a junior, and linebakcer Scooby Wright III, the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year who won a bevvy of other awards, will be a junior.