|The Arizona football team begins its 2013 season against Northern Arizona at Arizona Stadium on Aug. 30, which is 70 days away. From now until then, WILDABOUTAZCATS.net will count down the days with facts about the Wildcats, their players, coaching staff and opponents. This is not a ranking, only a list of 100 facts and observances related to the 2013 Arizona football team and coach Rich Rodriguez.||
Arizona’s 2013 non-conference schedule was already deemed weak, but CBSSports.com senior college football columnist Bruce Feldman takes it one step further. Or is it one step backward?
Through a points system, Feldman ranks Arizona’s non-conference slate against NAU, Texas-San Antonio and UNLV as the weakest in the country.
Feldman factors each opponent’s projected worth (on a scale of 1-5) with each team getting an additional half-point it plays on the road and .25 more if the game is a neutral site. His five easiest non-conference schedules: Arizona (1.33 index), West Virginia (1.42) and Auburn, Baylor and Kansas State are tied with 1.50 points.
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez and his former school West Virginia have one thing in common, other than their spread offenses.
“Year Two of the Rich Rod Era sees the Wildcats face two of their three non-conference opponents coming off eight-win seasons, but it’s FCS Northern Arizona and Texas-San Antonio, which lost its other four games by at least 20,” Feldman writes. “Arizona’s other non-con game is on the road but it’s at UNLV, which was 2-11 last season.”