Here are some quick thoughts on each of Arizona's opponents.
Sept. 2: Arizona 62, Northern Arizona 24
Sept. 9: Houston 19, Arizona 16
Zack Rosenblatt's side bar: Brandon Dawkins improves in one area, falls behind in others as Wildcats lose to Houston
Postgame video: What is the significance behind Arizona's home loss to Houston?
Michael Lev's postgame blog: Defensive improvement gives Arizona Wildcats hope after frustrating loss to Houston
Sept. 15: Arizona 63, UTEP 16
Sept. 22: No. 23 Utah 30, Arizona 24
Michael Lev's game story: Self-inflicted wounds squash Arizona Wildcats’ comeback bid in loss to Utah
Zack Rosenblatt's side bar story: Brandon Dawkins' four turnovers prove that Pac-12 competition is bigger, stronger, faster
Postgame video: Turnovers cost Arizona in 30-24 loss to No. 23 Utah
Report card: Grades for the Arizona Wildcats’ 30-24 loss to Utah
Oct. 7: Arizona 45, Colorado 42
Michael Lev's game story: Khalil Tate’s record-setting performance propels Arizona Wildcats past Colorado
Michael Lev's sidebar story: Arizona Wildcats survive up-and-down night from defense in win over Colorado
Photos: Arizona 45, Colorado 42
Oct. 14: Arizona 47, UCLA 30
Oct. 21: At Cal
Comment: This will be a decidedly different-looking Cal team than the one Arizona defeated 49-45 in 2014. Sonny Dykes and his “Bear Raid” offense are out; former Wisconsin and USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is in (to the disbelief of Trojans fans). Cal also will have its third starting QB in as many years.
Oct. 28: Washington State
Comment: The good news — this can’t possibly go worse than last year’s 69-7 humiliation in Pullman. The bad news – QB Luke Falk is back. His numbers in two games against the UA are comical: 79 of 97 (81.4 percent) for 825 yards with nine touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Wildcats might try hitting him a time or two in Round 3.
Nov. 4: At USC
Comment: This is where the roughest part of Arizona’s schedule begins – the first of three November road games to close the season. The Trojans lose a ton of talent but return Sam Darnold, who might be the best quarterback in the country. Last year’s 48-14 USC victory snapped a string of nine consecutive one-score games in the series.
Nov. 11: Oregon State
Comment: This looks like the most winnable game of the month — and it might be a game the Wildcats have to win to ensure bowl eligibility. It’s possible Oregon State — which won its final two games, beating Arizona and Oregon — will be this year’s Colorado. But that seems premature.
Nov. 18: At Oregon
Comment: This isn’t a traditional rivalry by any means, but there’s unquestionably some rancor between the schools after Oregon poached two of Arizona’s 2017 commits, including QB Braxton Burmeister. Remember the last time the Wildcats visited Eugene? Things have changed dramatically since, on both sides.
Nov. 25: Arizona State
Comment: Will RichRod and Todd Graham both be coaching for their jobs? Will both schools need to win to reach bowl games? Will ASU’s defense show up? Who will Arizona’s quarterback be by season’s end? So many questions. Far too much time to ponder them.