Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - What a weekend for Wildcat football. Crazy finish in Eugene compounded by an historic leap in the rankings. 0-10 in just four days. You would think that would be cause for celebration. You would be wrong.
Rich Rodriguez knows all too well that the ranking in December far outweighs the ranking in October. Especially when it comes in the first weekend of October. More than that, he's quick to point out that at the end of the day, these early rankings are essentially fads. They come and go. The only thing that matters is winning.
"I don't mind if people pat 'em on the back, talkin' good things about 'em," Rodriguez said Monday in his weekly press conference. "Those are probably the same people who weren't even mentioning them a week or two ago."
Ah, yes. Perspective.
"It's like poison," said Rodriguez. "It's okay as long as you don't swallow it."
But isn't this top 10 thing impressive? Shouldn't there be a little pat on the back?
"From what I understand," he said, "USC's still favored."
Ouch. And true. The Trojans, fresh off their best Cal impression last weekend, enter Arizona Stadium Saturday 2.5 point favorites. If the supposed 10th best team in the nation can't catch a break...who can?
"A lot of people have asked in the last 24 hours about being ranked," said Rodriguez. "I say, 'I don't mind.' Cuz they don't matter."