Preview 2018: Arizona Wildcats. New Coach, New Era, Same Fireworks

Preview 2018: Arizona Wildcats. New Coach, New Era, Same Fireworks

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Preview 2018: Arizona Wildcats. New Coach, New Era, Same Fireworks

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Arizona Prediction: What’s Going To Happen

There might be problems and concerns – offensive line depth, proven defensive production – but Kevin Sumlin’s first season is going to be a terrific one.

As long as the O line can hold up and be merely okay early on, Khalil Tate and the running game will do the rest. The receiving corps is going to grow into a positive, and the coaching staff will know how to help the Cats keep up in Pac-12 shootouts.

The defense might not be fantastic, but at least it’s experienced. The line will be good at getting into the backfield, and the linebacking corps will be a whole lot stronger not that Colin Schooler and Tony Fields are sophomores. The veteran defensive backs have to be stronger on third downs, but they’ll hold their own.

With a little bit of luck – including keeping Tate healthy all year – Arizona should be in the mix for the Pac-12 South title until the end. But there will be just enough misfires along the way to come up short.

Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 7.5

Arizona will kick things off with a bang, beating BYU to start the season and slipping by a good Houston team on the road. 4-0 before hosting USC, the Wildcats will come up just short against the defending Pac-12 champs, but they’ll get past Cal to follow.

They’ll split the road dates at Utah and UCLA, outgun Oregon in a wild shootout, and they’ll close strong with a win over Arizona State.

Expect one strange loss along the way – watch out for a letdown against Colorado, or at Washington State – but a nine-win regular season will be a nice debut for the new guy.

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