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Analyzing the schedule

Arizona’s 2013 football schedule is out and for the most part the slate looks favorable. The Wildcats have what appear to be a few favorable portions, as well as a few very difficult portions.
Fast Start
Arizona may be breaking in a new quarterback, but the first three games seem condusive to getting some wins. They open with NAU, and while the Lumberjacks were 8-3 a year ago, that seems to be close to a sure win. The Cats have dominated the series of late and the season opener would seem to continue the trend.

Arizona will host UCLA this year.

The Wildcats will travel to Las Vegas to begin a series with UNLV and reunite with former AD Jim Livengood. The Rebels were bad last year, they lost to NAU, but can be pesky at home. They gave bowl bound Minnesota a scare but list in overtime.

They close out the non-conference with Texas-San Antonio, a program that is just three years old and is transitioning to D-I. Although it is hard to project, Arizona can realistically believe they will be 3-0 heading into conference play.

Road Trip
Arizona opens conference play with a pair of road games, and will be on the road for four of the next five games. They open with the toughest of those two games, Washington and USC, but have some time off before each.

The Cats face Washington in Seattle, but get a bye week between the UTSA game and their trip to the Pacific Northwest.

They get another week off before facing USC in Los Angeles on a Thursday night. The way the schedule breaks the Wildcats will play just two games in a 34-day period.

Needless to say the Wildcats will be well rested heading into the Utah game, which is the long home game of the stretch. After getting the Utes, the Cats go back on the road for roadies to Boulder and Berkley, the second being a reunion with former offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes. It is hard to project these games, but the Cats were 2-0 versus Utah and Colorado, and Cal may be in a bit of a rebuilding mode, though Jeff Tedford hardly left the cupboard bare.

Home Stand
The Wildcats play three of their final four at home, but get two toughies. They open with a Homecoming tilt against UCLA, but then get Washington State one week later.

The Wildcats close out the home stand with Oregon . Thanks to the two early byes, Arizona will play their final seven games in consecutive weeks, including the final game…

Rivalry
Against ASU! Arizona goes on the road looking for revenge against the Devils. Arizona has a bit of a winning streak in Tempe, but this looks to be a rivalry that will continue to be a little extra heated under Rodriguez/Graham.

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