Coming in to this season, everyone from their mother to Sports Illustrated thought that the Wildcats were going to have success primarily down to the legs of Khalil Tate. That, to put it lightly, has not been the case.
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Good morning, fellow football obsessives! I hope your Friday night treated you well, leaving you properly rested for a weekend full of watching grown men in elastic pants and plastic protective gear run into each other at full force.
What was supposed to be the cake-walk game that got Kevin Sumlin and Arizona back on track did not go according to the script on Saturday night in Arizona Stadium, as the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah University put a scare into Arizona and the fans in attendance.
Another weekend is upon us, and it is loaded with football games that will leave your chore list untouched and your girlfriend's apple-picking/corn-maze date idea put on hold for another weekend. Here are David Skinner's five picks for this weekend.
Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team over Marquette University. Mannion ranks as the nation's No. 13 recruit per the 247Sports Composite and the top player in the state of Arizona.
After a disappointing opening-night loss to BYU, the Arizona football program looked to get back to winning ways and shake off the sluggish start against Houston. That did not happen on Saturday morning, as Kevin Sumlin's return to Houston was spoiled as the Wildcats got embarrassed in all facets of the game in front of a national audience, losing 45-18.
Well, that wasn’t the best start in the world. When I started this gambling column, and named it Skinners Winner’s, going 0-5 during my opening week wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned.
“We certainly have to do a better job schematically to get [Tate] more involved with his legs,” Sumlin said Tuesday on the weekly Pac-12 coaches teleconference. “It’s something we’ve taken a really hard look at. It can only help to get his legs more involved in the offense.”
ANALYSIS: The group that is headlined by preseason Heisman-hopeful Khalil Tate was one that was looked at by analysts and writers before the opening kickoff as the foundation that Head Coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff were going to build their new program upon. If that's the case, the Wildcat staff needs to pour some more concrete.
Over the years, week one has one or two decent matchups that are surrounded by games you have on your T.V. just so you can have any sort of competitive football on. This week is different than week ones in the past, where you waited all day for the 8ET/5PT ABC game between two teams that the preseason poll told you might be good. This year, it’s loaded from start to finish.
This all wouldn’t have happened if Rich Rodriguez stuck to his experienced quarterback in Dawkins and made changes elsewhere. The smallest decisions can cause the greatest shifts in life, and Arizona’s football program is the poster boy for that.
Despite this, there is a growing sense of optimism in the program that the Wildcat defense will be able to hold their own this year. Year three under defensive coordinator Marcel Yates could turn out to be the most encouraging one yet.
Our football beat writers Alec White, David Skinner and Rob Kleifield give their thoughts on Arizona football's upcoming season and predict the Wildcat's win/loss record.
With offense having to game plan around the two freshman All-American’s, Wilborn will have the opportunity to be the second number fourteen on the team to take off around the edge and make a huge play.
“This is positive news. We have been working on a modernized gaming compact. This ruling gives Arizona options that could benefit our citizens and out general fund,” said Ducey.
“You set your culture by giving expectations. We talk about it all the time, you can’t hold somebody accountable if they don’t know what your expectations are,” Sumlin said. “Your expectations on, off the field, how you practice, how you do things, what’s going on, all that creates a culture.”
The Arizona basketball program is the perfect example of natural growth that has been sitting in front of the city of Tucson’s nose for years. Showing the public how they have transitioned from being the charming cinderella team, to a consistent and dangerous program, to one of the nations most feared and respected teams, all in a matter of a couple decades.
Adia Barnes is coming off what seams like a disastrous year in which her team ended the season with a horrid 6-24 record, but the former WNBA champion went out and signed one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, with McDonalds All-American Cate Reese leading the revolutionary recruiting class.
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“To be honest with you, it’s cool,” Randolph said as he fought off cracking a smile. ”It’s actually making me kind of hyped because I can’t wait till we surprise people. I love doing that.”