Arizona Wildcats season preview

August, 4, 2014
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Previewing the 2014 season for the Arizona Wildcats:

2013 record: 8-5, 4-5 in Pac-12; beat Boston College 42-19 in AdvoCare V100 Bowl

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Jason O. Watson/Getty ImagesAustin Hill's return should give Arizona's passing game a boost in 2014.
Final grade for 2013: B. Back-to-back eight-win seasons and bowl victories are a good start for Rich Rodriguez, but the Wildcats are 0-2 against Arizona State in the Territorial Cup under Rodriguez and they need to take another step up in the Pac-12 pecking order.

Key returnees: WR Austin Hill, OT Mickey Baucus, OT Fabbians Ebbele, LB Scooby Wright, S Jared Tevis

Key losses: RB Ka'Deem Carey, LB Jake Fischer, LB Marquis Flowers

Instant impact newcomers: WR DaVonte Neal, WR Cayleb Jones, RB Nick Wilson, LB Jamardre Cobb

Projected winning percentage (ESPN.com Stats & Information): .548

Chances to win the conference (ESPN.com Stats & Information): 1.1 percent

Most important game: vs. Arizona State, Nov. 28

Biggest question mark: The Wildcats are the Pac-12's most uncertain team at quarterback.

Best-case scenario: 10-3

Worst-case scenario: 5-7

Over/under win total (Bovada):

Upset special: USC visits Oct. 11. That could be a separation game for both in the South.

They said it: "Everybody is going to ask about the quarterbacks. I could be coy and tell you I don't know but I really do know. The truth is I really don't know. We'll figure that out." -- coach Rich Rodriguez

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