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College Football Rankings, Week 8: An Arizona Homecoming Against Washington

Since the BCS rankings are what truly matter from here on out, we will use those rankings when writing up these weekly updates.

The Arizona Wildcats (5-1, 2-1 Pac-10) are ranked 18 in the BCS poll, but they are bound to move up after this week if they are able to beat the Washington Huskies (3-3, 2-1 Pac-10). Beating Washington will be no small feat, as the Huskies have already knocked off two ranked foes this season ( at then-18 USC and in Seattle against then-24 Oregon State).

Wisconsin and Iowa, ranked 13th and 15th respectively, will clash on Saturday and #14 Nebraska plays #16 Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

The losers of both of those games will drop below the Wildcats, and with #17 Florida State taking the week off, the Wildcats might be able to rise 3 spots based on gravity alone.

It goes without saying that Arizona needs to take care of what is in its control - the game on its schedule. The Wildcats will go to a BCS bowl if they can win out, and that should be their only focus.

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