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Arizona Wildcats 2016 football schedule released

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, left, argues with head linesman Dan Antonietti while facing Colorado in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Arizona Wildcats know what their schedule will look like for the 2016 football season.

Arizona opens the schedule with four straight virtual home games, with the exception being the opening game of the season against BYU in Glendale.

The schedule takes a difficult turn after that fourth home game against Washington. At UCLA, at Utah and two rough home games against USC and Stanford are a challenging path in the beginning of the Pac-12 schedule for the Wildcats.

Arizona has their bye week between the USC and Stanford game in late October and play every game on a Saturday except for the Territorial Cup on a Friday.

Date Opponent Location
Sept. 3 BYU Glendale, AZ
Sept. 10 Grambling State Tucson, AZ
Sept. 17 Hawaii Tucson, AZ
Sept. 24 Washington Tucson, AZ
Oct. 1 UCLA Pasadena, CA
Oct. 8 Utah Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 15 USC Tucson, AZ
Oct. 29 Stanford Tucson, AZ
Nov. 5 Washington State Pullman, WA
Nov. 12 Colorado Tucson, AZ
Nov. 19 Oregon State Corvallis, OR
Nov. 25 Arizona State Tucson, AZ


Arizona will return most of their offensive weapons. Quarterback Anu Solomon, running back Nick Wilson, and wide receivers Cayleb Jones, Nate Phillips, Samajie Grant and Trey Griffey are all projected to return for 2016.

Along with their defense, health was the biggest issue for the Wildcats in 2015. Solomon, Wilson, and 2014 All-American Scooby Wright missed major chunks of the season.

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