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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Nonconference primer: Arizona

By Kevin Gemmell

Today we start a new series looking at each team's nonconference opponents in 2013.

ARIZONA

Northern Arizona, Aug. 30
at UNLV, Sept. 7
UTSA, Sept. 14
Thoughts

Arizona has one of the softest (perhaps the softest) nonconference schedule in college football. The only potential threat here is UTSA. Don't be fooled by its youth as a program. Coker obviously knows what he's doing and there is a bunch of continuity on this team. The Wildcats are the superior team -- however UTSA shouldn't be overlooked. NAU and UNLV should be good test cases as Rich Rodriguez is expected to substitute quarterbacks liberally while he tries to settle on his starter. And with all of that said, there is absolutely no reason why Arizona shouldn't start the season 3-0 before going into its bye week and then a trip to Washington to kick off league play.