The 2013 football schedule for the University of Arizona has been released and a few things jump out at you right away. The first is UA plays one of the weakest non-conference slates I have ever seen. The second is the November 30th date in Tempe. Every fan in this state, for either side, has already circled the date and scheduled it off for work as the Territorial Cup Rivalry will be renewed once again.
The opener (Aug 31) is at home against in-state foe NAU. UA then travels to Vegas to face UNLV, while the last non-conference game is at home against UTSA.
None of those teams are in power six conferences but it will serve as a confidence booster to a new quarterback. I do not mind this cupcake strategy. Regardless of how well Arizona did this year, the team and program are still in rebuilding mode and getting some easy wins under their belt and making it easier to reach a bowl game is all which matters at this stage in Coach Rodriguez’s stay.
After those three games, Arizona plays nine non-conference games.
And finally they miss out on Stanford. And Oregon State. And finally they get to play Washington State and California.
Think of this as a possible four point swing in wins and Arizona has to be sitting pretty.
If you are following so far, UA has five very possible wins. Then one can throw in Colorado, Washington, and Utah into the “reasonable win likelihood” and Arizona has eight wins.
After that, one has the “50-50″ games which include ASU, UCLA, and USC. USC is all over the place right now and the rivalry with ASU always brings along crazy outcomes. (But remember the streak of away teams winning.) UCLA was a weird team last year. I’m not going to judge them on the way Arizona played them last year because that game was an anomaly. Overall, think of these games as going either way and do no be too disappointed in the result (minus ASU).
The last level is the “blitzkrieg.” This is against the Oregon Ducks and yes they truly are the rebirth of ‘lightning warfare.’ It is safe to say, even though this is a home game, it does not look favorable at this point in time. I will however spark some intrigue by mentioning this. If Arizona does indeed win the eight ‘very possible’ and ‘reasonable games’ and two of three ’50-50′ games, they will be 10-0 heading into a home game against Oregon.
Do I believe they will be 10 and 0? Not really. But they could be 8-2 or 9-1 heading into that game which could/should mean another trip for ESPN’s GameDay crew.
The entire schedule is as follows:
August 31: Home against NAU
September 7: Away at UNLV
September 14: Home against UTSA
September 21: Bye Week
September 28: Away at Washington
October 10: Away at USC
October 19: Home against Utah
October 26: Away at Colorado
November 2: Away at California
November 9: Home against UCLA
November 16: Home against Washington State
November 23: Home against Oregon
November 30: Away at ASU
Tell me below what you think Arizona’s record will be next season.