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Monday, July 14, 2014
Nonconference primer: Arizona

By Kevin Gemmell

Today we start a new series looking at each team’s nonconference opponents in 2014.

ARIZONA

UNLV, Friday, Aug. 29
At UTSA, Thursday, Sept. 4
Nevada, Sept. 13
Thoughts: It’s tougher than last season, mainly because all three of these teams figure to be better than last year. The Rebels finally found the postseason under Hauck (losing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl to North Texas) and UTSA, which would have been bowl eligible if not for its NCAA transition, has a ton of continuity. No doubt, Rich Rodriguez remembers what Fajardo and Nevada are capable of from the 2012 New Mexico Bowl. With all of that said, Arizona should be considered a favorite in all three games. They have a better offensive arsenal, a secondary that is very strong and two of those three games are at home. Anything less than 3-0 would be considered surprising. Anything less than 2-1 would evoke this.