Arizona Wildcats football
|Arizona Wildcats football|
|Athletic director||Greg Byrne|
|Head coach||Rich Rodriguez
4th year, 32–19 (.627)
|Other staff||See Coaching staff section|
|Home stadium||Arizona Stadium|
|Stadium capacity||56,029 |
|Division||Pac-12 South Division
|All-time record||597–442–33 (.572)|
|Postseason bowl record||8–10–1 (.447)|
|Claimed national titles||0|
|Conference titles||6 (1933, 1934, 1941, 1964, 1973, 1993)|
|Division titles||1 (2014)|
Red and Blue
|Fight song||Fight! Wildcats! Fight!|
|Mascot||Wilbur the Wildcat|
|Marching band||The Pride of Arizona|
|Rivals||Arizona State Sun Devils|
The Arizona Wildcats football team is the football team of the University of Arizona, located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. The team competes in the Pacific-12 Conference at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level. The team is currently coached by Rich Rodriguez. In 2014, the Wildcats won the Pacific-12 Conference South Division for the first time and also became the first team in school history to play in the Pacific-12 Football Championship Game, though they lost to the University of Oregon 51-13.
- 1 History
- 2 Conference affiliations
- 3 Personnel
- 4 Records, championships, and notable games
- 5 Rankings
- 6 Rivalries
- 7 Traditions
- 8 Individual accomplishments
- 9 Wildcats in Professional Football
- 10 Schedule
- 11 Venues and facilities
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Early coaching history (1899–2004)
The football team began at the University of Arizona in 1899 under the nickname "Varsity". Stuart Forbes became the first head coach of Arizona football history and the team compiled a 1–1–1 record. From 1900 to 1901, William W. Skinner served as head football coach at the University of Arizona. While there, he also studied geology. He guided Arizona to 3–1 and 4–1 records, respectively. On Nov 7, 1914, the team traveled to the west coast to play Occidental, then one of the reigning gridiron powers in California. Occidental won 14–0. Arizona later received the name "Wildcats" after a Los Angeles Times correspondent, Bill Henry, wrote that "The Arizona men showed the fight of wildcats". Pop McKale was a very successful high school coach in the Tucson area when he was hired at UA. In 1921, Drop-kicker/receiver Harold "Nosey" McClellan led the nation in scoring with 124 points. Wildcats finished the regular season 7–1, and were invited to UA's first bowl game, the East-West Christmas Classic in San Diego, to play powerhouse Centre College of Kentucky; Arizona lost the game 38–0. The Wildcats did not compete in football in 1918 due to World War I. On October 18, 1926 UA quarterback and student body president John "Button" Salmon died from injuries sustained in a car wreck. His final words, spoken to coach "Pop" McKale, were: "Tell them.....tell the team to Bear Down." Soon thereafter, the UA student body adopted "Bear Down" as the school's athletic motto. On October 18, 1929, Arizona opened up Arizona Stadium for college football play. They won their first game against Caltech with a shutout score of 25–0. McKale retired after sixteen seasons at Arizona. The McKale Center, the University of Arizona's home basketball venue, was opened in 1973 and named in McKale's honor.
Fred Enke replaced McKale as head coach of the Wildcats and in one season as head coach, he posted a record of 3–5–1 before getting demoted to assistant coach. Gus Farwick served as the head football coach at the University of Arizona in 1932, compiling a record of 4–5 before his resignation. Tex Oliver coached the Arizona Wildcats to a 32–11–4 record in five seasons. During that stretch, his teams never had a losing season. Oliver's "Blue Brigade" played an expanded, more nationwide schedule, and Arizona produced their first All-Americans under Oliver. The team's 1938 record of 8–2 was a school best to date. Oliver resigned after the 1937 season to accept the head football coach position at Oregon.
Orian Landreth replaced Oliver and struggled in his one season as head coach, compiling a 3–6 record before he was fired. That season was the first losing season for the Wildcats in several years. Miles Casteel came to Arizona from his post as an assistant coach at Michigan State. In his eight seasons (Arizona did not field football teams in 1943 or 1944 due to World War II), Casteel compiled a 46–26–3 record and led the Wildcats to the first bowl berth in three decades in his final season, a loss in the 1949 Salad Bowl to Drake. Robert Winslow served as Arizona's head football coach for three seasons, posting a record of 12–18–1, with the team improving every year under his tutelage, going 2–7–1, 4–6 and 6–5 in Winslow's three years. Winslow resigned after three seasons.
In 1954, under coach Warren Woodson, who came to Arizona from Hardin-Simmons, the Wildcats were led by starting halfback Art Luppino. He went on to lead the nation in rushing, scoring, all-purpose running, and kickoff returns. Luppino became the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing twice. He also tied for the national title in all-purpose running and was third in scoring. Woodson was replaced after five seasons and a 26–22–2 record and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1989. Ed Doherty came to Arizona from his post as an assistant coach for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. In two seasons, Doherty compiled a record of 4–15–1 before getting fired. Doherty is the only person to serve as head football coach at both Arizona and archrival Arizona State. Jim LaRue, formerly running backs coach at Houston, was hired to take over the Arizona Wildcats football program as head coach after Doherty's firing. LaRue's 1961 team finished 8–1–1 and finished the season ranked #17 in the final AP Poll. After that season, Arizona joined the Western Athletic Conference and LaRue's teams posted records of 5–5, 5–5, 6–3–1, 3–7 and 3–7 before LaRue was fired, largely because of the sub-par on-the-field performances but also pressure from fans and alumni.
Darrell Mudra came to Arizona from North Dakota State and breathed life into a seemingly lifeless Arizona football program. His first team posted a record of 3–6–1 but in his second year, Mudra's Wildcats posted a record of 8–3, capped with a loss in the 1968 Sun Bowl, only the Wildcats third bowl appearance in school history and first since 1949. Mudra left Arizona after two seasons to accept the head football coach position at Western Illinois. His final record is 11–9–1. Mudra was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2000. Bob Weber was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach following Mudra's departure. Under Weber, the Wildcats were 16–26, with their best season being a 5–6 1971 season. Weber failed to post a winning season as Arizona's head coach and was fired after four seasons. Jim Young, formerly defensive coordinator at Michigan, was hired to turn around the downtrodden Wildcats football program. Improvement came immediately, as Young's team surprised the nation with an 8–3 record in his first season. Young's Wildcats went on to post records of 9–2 in 1974 and 1975, the latter ending with a #13 and #18 ranking in the Coaches' and AP Polls, respectively. In a rebuilding year, Young's team posted a 5–6 record in 1976 to cap Young's mark of 31–13 in four seasons. Young departed Arizona after the 1976 season to accept the head football coach position at Purdue. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999. Tony Mason came to Arizona from Cincinnati. Under Mason, the Wildcats went 5–7, 5–6 and 6–5–1 for a grand total of 16–18–1. In Mason's third and final season, the Wildcats played in the Fiesta Bowl, a game they lost. Mason retired as head coach after three seasons.
Larry Smith, previously head coach at Tulane, was hired to take over the Arizona football program after Mason's retirement. His first season was Arizona's third in the Pac-12 Conference. Smith put great emphasis on in-state recruiting, built up the rivalry game with ASU, and focused the team on what he called "running and hitting". His first team went 5–6, including a 44–7 blowout loss to ASU; it would be his only losing season at Arizona. The highlight of the season was a 23-17 upset of 2nd ranked UCLA (the Bruins were poised to become #1 as top ranked Alabama had lost earlier in the day). The team improved to 6–5 during his second season, highlighted by a major 13–10 upset of #1 USC on the road. Under his leadership, the Wildcats became competitive in the conference, began dominating the rivalry with the Sun Devils, and culminated with consecutive bowl appearances in the 1985 Sun Bowl, where a tie with Georgia gave the Wildcats an 8–3–1 record, and the 1986 Aloha Bowl, where a victory over North Carolina allowed the Wildcats to finish with a 9–3 record in his final season. Smith's tenure with the Wildcats ended with a 48–28–3 record. Seven Arizona players earned All-America honors during his tenure, including two-time consensus All-American linebacker Ricky Hunley and All-Americans linebacker Lamonte Hunley (Ricky's younger brother), Morris Trophy-winning center Joe Tofflemire, safety Allan Durden, placekicker Max Zendejas, linebacker Byron Evans, and safety Chuck Cecil. Over twenty of Smith's Wildcats players went on to play professionally. Smith departed after the 1986 season to accept the head football coach position at USC. Dick Tomey came to Arizona from Hawaii. During his tenure, he coached five future NFL first-round draft choices, 20 All-Americans, and 43 Pac-10 first team players. His best teams were in the mid-1990s, highlighted by a tenacious "Desert Swarm" defense. He led Arizona to the only two ten-win seasons in school history, highlighted by a 12–1 campaign in 1998, in which they finished fourth in both major polls, the highest ranking in school history. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were drubbed in the 1999 season opener against Penn State and never recovered; Tomey resigned after the 2000 season. His 95 wins are the most in Wildcats history. In 1992, Coach Tomey's "Desert Swarm" defense was characterized by tough, hard-nosed tactics. UA led the nation in scoring defense and nose guard Rob Waldrop is a consensus All-American. In 1993, the team had its first 10-win season and beat the Miami Hurricanes in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl by a score of 29–0. It was the bowl game's only shutout in its then 23-year history. In 1994, Arizona was ranked #6. However, Arizona was stunned by Colorado State and the rest of the season went down along with it, continuing a streak of not being selected for the Rose Bowl. Arizona to this day, is the only team in the original Pac-10 that has never played in the Rose Bowl Game. In 1998, the team posted a school-record 12–1 season and made the Holiday Bowl in which it defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Arizona ended that season ranked fourth nationally in the coaches and Associated Press poll. The 1998 Holiday Bowl was televised on ESPN and set the now-surpassed record of being the most watched of any bowl game in that network's history. In 2000, Tomey's Wildcats suffered a season-ending 30–17 loss to Arizona State, the Wildcats' primary arch-rival. Dick Tomey resigned under pressure after fourteen seasons as head coach of the Wildcats. The Wildcat football declined in wins and went on a bowl game drought over the next several years. Former Illinois and Texas head coach and at that time ESPN football analyst John Mackovic was hired to replace Tomey. He served a disastrous tenure as head coach during this period; Mackovic alienated his players and never posted a winning record in two and one-half seasons in Tucson, with a 10–18 record (a .357 winning percentage). Midway through the 2002 season, Mackovic told tight end Justin Levasseur that he was a disgrace to his family. This and other incidents led 40 players (including future Pro Bowler Lance Briggs) to hold a secret meeting with school president Peter Likins. The players complained about Mackovic's constant verbal abuse, such as an ugly tirade after a loss to Wisconsin. Mackovic offered a public apology to his players, the university and fans. However, whatever goodwill that he'd managed to restore quickly evaporated a season later; quarterback Nic Costa said that despite a very talented roster, many players had lost their love for the game due to Mackovic's brusque manner. Five games into the 2003 season, Mackovic was fired and replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz. School officials said they had to act because it was obvious the Wildcats would not win with Mackovic at the helm.
Mike Stoops era (2004–2011)
In 2004, four years after Tomey's firing, Arizona hired Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops to take over the Wildcat program. Under Stoops, Arizona started 6–18; his job was in critical danger and his margin for error was very thin. However, in his third season in 2006, Stoops led the Wildcats to an improved 6–6 record, the first non-losing season for the school since 1998 when the Wildcats went 12–1. In 2008, the Wildcats earned their first bowl berth in a decade, defeating BYU by a score of 31–21. In 2009, the Wildcats earned their second straight bowl berth and a second straight eight-win season. On November 21, 2009, the Oregon Ducks came to Arizona Stadium in a game that would decide which team went to the Rose Bowl. ESPN's College GameDay crew dubbed it as the game of the week and ventured down to Tucson to cover it. After a back and forth battle, the Oregon Ducks won in double overtime 44–41 to clinch the Rose Bowl bid. Arizona was defeated 33–0 by Nebraska in a rematch of the 1998 Holiday Bowl. Following the Holiday Bowl, offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes left the Wildcat program to become the head coach at Louisiana Tech, and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, a brother of Mike, became the defensive coordinator at Florida State. To replace them, Mike Stoops promoted Bill Bedenbaugh and Seth Littrell to co-offensive coordinators, while promoting Tim Kish to be co-defensive coordinators with Greg Brown, who was hired from Colorado. L Midway through his eighth season, Stoops was fired as head coach on October 10, 2011, after starting the season 1–5 (the sole victory was against FCS Northern Arizona). Including the prior season, the Wildcats under Stoops had lost 10 consecutive games against FBS opponents, with their last victory over a FBS team taking place nearly a year earlier on October 30, 2010, against UCLA. Tim Kish, the team's defensive coordinator, was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season. (Stoops returned to the Sooner program soon thereafter as defensive coordinator; Kish, who had known the Stoops brothers for many years, followed Stoops and joined the Sooner staff as the linebackers coach.)
Rich Rodriguez era (2012–present)
On November 21, 2011, Arizona announced the hiring of Rich Rodriguez, at that time a CBS Sports analyst and formerly head coach at Michigan and West Virginia, to replace Stoops. Rodriguez is considered a pioneer of a no huddle, run-oriented version of the spread offense, although a pass-first version was already being implemented by others. He first developed this offensive approach at Glenville State and refined it during his stops at Tulane with Shaun King, at Clemson with Woodrow Dantzler, and at West Virginia most notably with dual-threat quarterback Pat White. This strategy features frequent use of the shotgun formation. Rodriguez is also credited for inventing the zone read play run out of the shotgun formation. According to his contract, Rodriguez was scheduled to earn $1.45 million in his first year, $1.5 million in his second, $1.6 million in his third, $1.7 million in his fourth and $1.8 million in his fifth season for a total of $9.55 million over a span of five years. The contract also includes an extra $300,000 per year from Nike, as well as bonuses for academic achievement, BCS rankings, season ticket totals and bowl appearances. There are extra bonuses for milestones such as playing in the BCS title game, playing in any other bowl, and for winning the Pac-12. Rodriguez' hiring ended a 41-day search for a head coach which started after Mike Stoops was dismissed after eight seasons as Wildcat head coach. Following West Virginia's victory in the 2012 Orange Bowl, Mountaineers defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, who coached under Rodriguez during his tenure there, departed WVU's staff to join Rodriguez' staff as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator. An official announcement, and Casteel's formal introduction to the Tucson media, was made on January 13, 2012. Casteel is considered one of the top defensive coaches in the nation, and considered master of the 3–3–5 "odd stack" defense.
In his first season, Rodriguez took the Wildcats to the 2012 New Mexico Bowl, where they defeated Nevada. The Wildcats finished the 2012 campaign with a (8–5, 4–5 Pac-12) record. In his second season, Rodriguez took the Wildcats to the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl, where they defeated Boston College. The Wildcats finished the 2013 campaign with a (8–5, 4–5 Pac-12) record. In 2014, Rich Rodriguez led the Wildcats to a 10-3 regular season, behind generally solid team performance, including efforts from freshman QB Anu Solomon, sophomore LB Scooby Wright (who earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year among other honors), senior RB Terris Jones-Grigsby and freshman RB Nick Wilson.The Wildcats won the Pac-12 South Division, the first divisional championship in program history, advancing to the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where they were defeated by the Oregon Ducks, 51-13. The Wildcats earned a berth in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, the school's third major-bowl appearance, where they faced the Boise State Broncos. Arizona lost the game to Boise State, 38–30. The Wildcats finished the 2014 season with a record of 10–4 (7–2 Pac-12), achieving only the second 10-win regular season in program history; the Wildcats also finished the season ranked #17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and #19 in the AP Poll. In his fourth year as the head coach,.
Arizona has competed as a member of 5 different conferences since 1899.
The current head coach of Arizona Wildcats football is Rich Rodriguez who hired in 2012.
|1900–1901||William W. Skinner||7-2|
|1904||Orin A. Kates||3-1-2|
|1905||William M. Ruthrauff||5-2|
|1908–1909||H. B. Galbraith||8-1|
|1910–1911||George F. Shipp||8-1-1|
|1912||Raymond L. Quigley||2-1|
|1913||Frank A. King||2-2|
|1932||August W. Farwick||4-5|
|1939–1948||Miles W. Casteel||46–26–3|
|1952–1956||Warren B. Woodson||26-22-2|
|Rich Rodriguez||Head Coach||4||West Virginia (1986)|
|Calvin Magee||Associate Head Coach, Co-Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs||4||South Florida (1990)|
|Rod Smith||Co-Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks||4||Glenville State (1997)|
|Jeff Casteel||Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers||4||CALU (1993)|
|Matt Caponi||Assistant Coach/Safeties||4||Mount Union (2005)|
|Tony Dews||Assistant Coach/Wide Receivers||4||Liberty (1996)|
|Bill Kirelawich||Assistant Coach/Defensive Line||4||Salem (1969)|
|David Lockwood||Assistant Coach/Cornerbacks||4||West Virginia (1989)|
|Jim Michalczik||Assistant Coach/Offensive Line||3||Washington State (1988)|
|Charlie Ragle||Assistant Coach/Tight Ends/Special Teams||4||Eastern New Mexico (1998)|
|Matt Dudek||Director of On-Campus Recruiting and Player Personnel||4||Pittsburgh (2003)|
|Mike Parrish||Assistant Athletic Director, Football Operations||4||West Virginia (2006)|
|Billy Kirelawich||Director of Football Operations||4||West Virginia (2008)|
|Jahmile Addae||Football Analyst||3||West Virginia (2005)|
|Dusty Rutledge||Operations Coordinator||1||Fairmont State (1991)|
|Chris Allen||Associate Athletic Director, Strength and Conditioning||4||West Virginia (2000)|
|Parker Whiteman||Director of Skill Development||4||Shepherd (2006)|
|Vincent Amey||Football Analyst||3||Arizona State (1998)|
|Wendell Neal||Associate AD of Equipment Operations||18||Arizona (1998)|
|Michael Barnett||Assistant Director of Equipment Operations||3||Arizona (2013)|
|Troy Ramsey||Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning||2||North Texas (2007)|
|Ovid Goulbourne||Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning||3||West Virginia (2009)|
|Miek DiAngelo||Defensive Graduate Assistant||3||Baldwin Wallace (2006)|
|Kylan Butler||Offensive Graduate Assistant||2||Arizona (2013)|
|Kyle Quinn||Offensive Graduate Assistant||1||Arizona (2012)|
|Brett Gerch||Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning||2||Appalachian State (2000)|
|Miguel Reveles||Football Analyst||3||La Verne (2010)|
|Tim Cummins||Video Coordinator||11||Arizona (2004)|
|Brian Riden||Assistant Video Coordinator||5||Arizona (2011)|
Sources: 2015 Arizona Wildcats roster
Records, championships, and notable games
At the completion of the 2015 season, Arizona's all-time win/loss/tie record is 596–439-33.
Dating back to their days in the Western Athletic Conference, Arizona has claimed at least a share of sixth conference titles.
|Arizona Conference Championships|
|Season||Conference||Coach||Conference Record||Overall Record|
|1935||Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Tex Oliver||4–0||7–2|
|1936||Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Oliver||3–0–1||5–2–3|
|1941||Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Miles W. Casteel||5–0||7–3|
|1964||Western Athletic Conference||Jim LaRue||3–1||6–3–1|
|1973||Western Athletic Conference||Jim Young||6–1||8–3|
In 2011, the Pacific-10 Conference added Colorado and Utah, bringing the membership total to 12 teams, leading to the creation of the Pacific-12 Conference. At that time, the conference split into two six-team divisions, north and south and created a Conference Championship Game. The champions of each division face off in the Conference Championship Game, with the team with the highest conference record hosting the game. In 2014 the Wildcats won the South Division in their first game of the season, becoming the first team to win the Pac-12 South Division outright.
|Arizona Divisional Championships|
|Season||Division||Coach||Conf Record||Overall Record||Championship Game Result||Opponent|
|2014||PAC-12 South||Rich Rodriguez||7–2||10–2||L 13–51||Oregon|
|† Denotes co-champions|
Note: bold years indicate outright conference titles ***Co-Championship, shared with UCLA, who defeated Arizona by 20 points in their only head-to-head matchup. Arizona has yet to win an outright Pac-10/12 conference championship.
Arizona is the only school of the original PAC 10/12 to never have participated in a Rose Bowl; the conference's major bowl game. This is a partial list of the five most recent bowl games that Arizona has competed in. For the full Arizona bowl game history, see List of Arizona Wildcats bowl games
Arizona played in no BCS bowl games during the existence of the BCS (1998-2013).
|1921||December 26, 1921||Christmas||L||Centre||0||38|
|1949||January 1, 1949||Salad||L||Drake||13||14|
|1968||December 28, 1968||Sun||L||Auburn||34||10|
|1979||December 25, 1979||Fiesta||L||Pittsburgh||16||10|
|1985||December 16, 1985||Sun||T||Georgia||13||13|
|1986||December 28, 1986||Aloha||W||North Carolina||30||21|
|1989||December 31, 1989||Copper||W||NC State||17||10|
|1990||December 25, 1990||Aloha||L||Syracuse||28||0|
|1992||December 31, 1992||Sun||L||Baylor||20||15|
|1993||January 1, 1994||Fiesta*||W||Miami||29||0|
|1994||December 27, 1994||Freedom||L||Utah||16||13|
|1997||December 20, 1997||Insight.com||W||New Mexico||20||14|
|1998||December 30, 1998||Holiday||W||Nebraska||23||20|
|2008||December 20, 2008||Las Vegas||W||BYU||31||21|
|2009||December 30, 2009||Holiday||L||Nebraska||33||0|
|2010||December 29, 2010||Alamo||L||Oklahoma State||36||10|
|2012||December 15, 2012||New Mexico||W||Nevada||49||48|
|2013||December 31, 2013||AdvoCare V100||W||Boston College||42||19|
|2014||December 31, 2014||Fiesta**||L||Boise State||30||38|
|Total||19 bowl games||8–10–1|
All-time record vs. current Pac-12 teams
Updated through the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season.
|Opponent||Won||Lost||Tied||Percentage||Streak||First Meeting||Most Recent Meeting|
|Oregon State||22||14||1||.608||Win 1||1966||2015|
|Washington State||26||15||0||.634||Lost 1||1963||2015|
|North Division Totals||105||103||4||.505|
|Arizona State||48||39||1||.551||Won 1||1931||2015|
|South Division Totals||95||126||4||.431|
All-time Conference record
Official record against all current and former conference opponents of the Arizona Wildcats football program. In their 120–121 year history, the University of Arizona has been a member of the Pacific Coast Conference, Athletic Association of Western Universities, and the Pacific-8, Pacific-10 and currently the Pacific-12 Conferences. The History section of the Pacific-12 Conference article provides a membership history of the Pacific-12 Conference.
|No longer conference opponents|
|Opponent||Won||Lost||Tied||Percentage||Streak||First Conference Meeting||Most Recent Conference Meeting|
|Arizona State||48||39||1||.551||Won 1||1931||2015|
|Oregon State||22||14||1||.608||Won 1||1966||2015|
|Washington State||26||15||0||.634||Lost 1||1963||2015|
|Total Conference Record||197||200||7||.496|
College Football Playoff final rankings
The Arizona Wildcats football team finished in the Top 25 in the first College Football Playoff final rankings and both the Pre-season and Final rankings for the Associated Press Poll (AP Poll) and Coaches' Poll for the Arizona Wildcats.The College Football Playoff Rankings began in 2014.
- 2014 - 10
- 2015 - NR
The Arizona Wildcats football team has never been ranked #1 in the Pre-season AP Poll and the Pre-season Coaches' Poll. The Arizona Wildcats football team has never finished the season ranked #1 in the Final AP Poll. The Wildcats has not ranked #1 in the Final Coaches' Poll The Wildcats also never finished #2 in the Final Associated Press Poll and the Final Coaches Poll.
Top 25 Finishes
|Year||Record||AP Poll||UPI/Coaches Poll|
The Wildcats have two main football rivals: Arizona State Sun Devils and New Mexico Lobos. All two rivalries were first contested over 100 years ago, though the series records are disputed in two cases.
All time record versus Rivals
|Rivalry||Rival||Games played||First meeting||Last meeting||Next Scheduled Meeting||UofA won||UofA lost||Ties||UofA %||Streak||Most recent win|
|Territorial Cup||Arizona State Sun Devils||89||1899||2015||2015 @ ASU||48||39||1||(.551)||1 win||2014, 42-35|
|Kit Carson Rifle||New Mexico Lobos||66||1908||2008||N/A||43||20||3||(.674)||2 loss||2008, 36–28|
Cardiac Cats nickname
Logos and uniforms
Starting in the 2010 season, Arizona wore new uniforms. They are simplified versions of the uniforms worn from 2005–2009, with the addition of a white helmet with a red-white-blue stripe. The team may use any combination of its two helmets, three jerseys and three pants. On September 29, 2012 the Wildcats unveiled a new copper helmet and for the Territorial Cup game later that season, they unveiled an all-red helmet.
On September 20, 2015 the Wildcats unveiled a new "chrome red" helmet which they will wear in their game on September 26, 2015 against the UCLA Bruins.
- The Wildcat Walk, first done in 2010, is one of Arizona's newest tradition. Before every home game, the team's buses take them from their hotel and drop them off several blocks north of the stadium. The fans and the marching band line Cherry Avenue as the team walks to the stadium.
- During pre-game warmups, the team performs a haka. Starting in 2012, the team will perform the haka in front of the student section, where students will also do the haka.
- At the beginnings of the second and fourth quarters, the cheerleaders lead the crowd in a synchronized U of A chant. The east side of the stadium yells "U!", the north and south sides yell "of!" and the west side yells "A!"
- At the beginning of the second half, for the duration of the kickoff, a large block A banner is unfurled and held up by the center of the Zona Zoo.
- At the end of the third quarter, the team and many members of the crowd hold up four fingers, signifying the beginning of the fourth quarter.
- In a similar tradition to other schools' mascots, after every Arizona score, Wilbur the Wildcat does as many pushups as the Wildcats have points while the crowd counts his pushups. However, unlike other mascots, Wilbur does his pushups one-handed.
- At the end of every home game (and every Arizona athletics event when the band is present) the band plays Arizona's alma mater, "All Hail, Arizona!" Students and fans link arms, sway as they sing and jump up and down while singing the last part of the song.
- After every home game, fans and the band march to the administration building where the band performs a concert for the gathered fans. At the conclusion of the concert, the bell in the student union clock tower (one of the bells recovered from the USS Arizona) is rung, and the band responds by yelling "Bear Down!"
|Unclaimed National Champions|
|Conference Champions||1933, 1934, 1941, 1964, 1973, 1993|
|Heisman Trophy Winners|
|Final Top 10 (AP)||1961, 1975, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2014|
|Final Top 10 (Coaches)||1993, 1994 , 1998, 2014|
|Bowl Victories*||1986, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2008, 2012, 2013|
- Years listed for Bowl victories are seasons for which they occurred.
Individual school records
Kickoff return records
Punt return records
Attendance and television
Individual national award winners
Individual conference awards
College Football Hall of Fame inductees
First team All-Americans
Main article: List of Arizona Wildcats football All-Americans
Every year, several publications release lists of the their ideal "team". The athletes on these lists are referred to as All-Americans. The NCAA recognizes five All-American lists. They are the Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News (SN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).
Arizona has had 28 players honored 33 times as first team All-Americans (7 Consensus) in its history, including five players honored in different seasons.
Following the end of the 2015 regular season, TBA.
Student-Athlete jerseys are retired but not individual player numbers.
|Arizona Wildcats football retired jerseys|
|22||Art Luppino ||RB||1953-56|
|28||Steve McLaughlin ||K||1991-95|
Wildcats in Professional Football
|Wildcats in the NFL|
|NFL Draft selections|
|Super Bowl Participants:||69|
|Super Bowl MVPs||2|
|Pro Bowl Selections:||76|
|Pro Bowl Coaches:||1|
Arizona has seen 269 players drafted to National Football League teams since 1951.
|Year||Round||Pick in round||Overall pick||Player||Team||Position||Current Team|
Former NFL players Drafted
|Year||Round||Pick in round||Overall pick||Player||Team||Position|
Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Canadian Football Hall of Fame Class of 1989- Ted Urness (Center)- Arizona (1958–60) and Saskatchewan Roughriders (1961-70)
- Canadian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011- Terry Vaughn (Wide Receiver)- Arizona (1990–93), Calgary Stampeders (1995–98), Edmonton Eskimos (1999-2004), Montreal Alouettes (2005), and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2006)
Super Bowl winners
|Player (College Years)||Position||Super Bowl||Team|
|Theo Bell (1972–75)||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Brad Anderson (1981–83)||
|Chris McAlister (1996–98)||
|Tedy Bruschi (1991–95)||2001(XXXVI), 2003(XXXVIII), 2004(XXXIX)||New England Patriots|
|Josh Miller (1990–92)||
|New England Patriots|
|Michael Johnson (2005–06)||
|New York Giants|
|Antonio Pierce (1997-00)||
|New York Giants|
|Mike Bell (2002–05)||
|New Orleans Saints|
|Rob Gronkowski (2007–09)||
|New England Patriots|
NFL MVP award
Super Bowl MVP award
CFL MOP award
Grey Cup MVP award
NFL Pro Bowl MVP award
Quarterback - Nick Foles (2013 Offensive MVP)
Future Non-conference opponents
|vs BYU* (9/3)||BYU (9/1)||at Hawaii (8/31)||Hawaii (9/5)||vs BYU† (9/4)||at SDSU (9/3)||at Hawaii (8/30)|
|Grambling St.||Houston (9/9)||at Houston (9/8)||Texas Tech (9/14)||at Texas Tech (9/19)||SDSU (9/11)||Miss. St. (9/10)||at Miss. St. (9/9)||at BYU (9/12)||BYU (9/11)|
|Hawaii (9/17)||at UTEP (9/16)||UTEP (9/15)|
Future Non-division opponents
Arizona plays 6 Pac-12 North teams as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the North division among the other six schools. Each season Arizona will "miss" six schools from the Pac-12 North division: either Cal or Stanford and one of the four northwest schools. This scheduling cycle repeats after eight seasons.
|Opponent||2015 & 2016||2017 & 2018||2019 & 2020||2021 & 2022|
|Stanford||at California||California||at Stanford||Stanford||at California||California|
|at Oregon State||Oregon State||at Oregon State||Oregon State||at Oregon State||at Oregon||Oregon|
|Washington||at Oregon||Oregon||at Washington||Washington||at Washington||Washington|
|at Washington State||Washington State||at Washington State||at Oregon||Oregon||Washington State||at Washington State|
Arizona plays the other five Pac-12 South schools once per season.
|Opponent||Even Years||Odd Years|
Venues and facilities
- Arizona Stadium (1928–present)
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- List of Pacific-12 Conference football champions
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