Arizona kicks off its college football season on Sept. 2 against Northern Arizona.
How many games will Rich Rodriguez’s Wildcats win this season?
Many college football record projections are out for the upcoming season.
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Check out how the experts see Arizona football faring:
USA TODAY Sports: Arizona goes 4-8 (6th place in Pac-12 South)
teamrankings.com: Arizona goes 3-9 (6th in Pac-12 South)
David Kenyon writes: “Though Anu Solomon’s transfer slowed the quarterback carousel, it doesn’t mean Brandon Dawkins is the answer. He’s young, so there’s no reason to close the book on him. Still, the junior may need to carry an unfair burden because of Arizona’s defense, and he’s not a great passer. Unless the Wildcats quickly rebuild at linebacker, opposing running games will feast on Arizona.”
athlonsports.com: Arizona finishes 5-7 (6th in Pac-12 South)
It writes: “Arizona allowed 44.8 points per game in its eight Pac-12 losses. Improving the defense is the top priority. Rich Rodriguez hired two new defensive coaches, but the defensive line remains under-sized, and the linebacking group is freshman-laden. Almost as worrisome, Arizona averaged only 22.6 points in Pac-12 games. Rodriguez’s contract buyout would be $5.1 million if new athletic director Dave Heeke made a change. This roster is not built to shine in 2017, but, if all goes well, 2018 could be promising. Sweeping the three non-conference games against NAU, Houston and UTEP seems imperative for Arizona to have a winning season.”
CBS Sports: Arizona finishes with under 4.5 wins
Tom Fornelli writes: “This is another situation that’s difficult for me to get a read I’m comfortable with, but I’ve decided to err on the side of disappointment. I just think Arizona catches some bad breaks in its scheduling this season in that three of its most winnable games (Colorado, California and Arizona State) all come on the road. It’s hard to see this team getting to five wins.”
Pac-12 Media poll: Arizona finishes 6th in Pac-12 South
Bovada’s Pac-12 title odds: Arizona 100-1 (tied for 10th best odds in Pac-12)
azcentral sports’ Jeff Metcalfe: Arizona finishes 6th in Pac-12 South
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