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2007 Arizona Wildcats Football Preview

2007 Arizona Wildcats season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Arizona Wildcats football preview as well as the 2007 Arizona Wildcats Football Schedule. Dont miss Maddux's free college football picks taken from the weekly college football odds from the #1 sports handicapping team.

Coach: Mike Stoops (4th year at Arizona)
Team Name: Wildcats
2006 Overall Record: 6-6
Returning Starters: 17

The Arizona Wildcats (6- 6 overall, 3- 5 PAC-10) tied for 5th in their conference and continued, as they have since 1999, to miss a bowl bid. But things are looking a bit better due to head coach Mike Stoops' decision for fire his offensive staff and bring in offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes. It was Dykes who helped energize Texas Tech's offense by co-engineering their lighting-quick spread "O."

The Wildcats averaged 16.6 PPG, which earned them a national ranking of 105. With QB Willie Tuitama (55.9% COMP, 1,335 YDs, 7 TDs, 6 INTs) calling signals last season, the Cats won. But part way through the schedule he was out time and again with concussions. If the line can be less porous, and it looks like they will be, a protected Tuitama, now a junior, will stay healthy. The new quick-pass offense, which features innumerable looks designed to keep opponents guessing, will help too. Junior WR Mike Thomas (50 REC, 597 YDs, 2 TDs) is fast off the line and down the field. Senior wide Anthony Johnson offers a taller target. At RB both Chris Jennings and Xavier Smith can run and catch. Sophomore H-B Earl Mitchell has the talent to be a star.

Arizona's defense was rated 35th in the nation, allowing 19.6 PPG. The stellar Cat "D" returns 10 starters, including a solid frontline and expert line-backing corps. The front-four has experience and depth. OLB Spenser Larsen (89 tackles, 63 solo) and ILB Ronnie Palmer (69 tackles, 41 solo) are topnotch players capable of shutting down opponents. At corner, senior All-Conference back Antoine Cason (3 INTs) is back for a fourth year with counterpart Wilrey Fontenot. Senior Dominic Patrick leads Arizona's deep and talented safety-squad.

How many games can Arizona win? Six definitely but eight is a possibility. BYU, Oregon and Arizona State are swing games. If QB Tuitama stays healthy, the Wildcats will be growling for a bowl bid.

Arizona Wildcats Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Sep 1
BYU
Away
Sep 8
N Arizona
Home
Sep 15
New Mexico
Home
Sep 22
California
Away
Sep 29
Washington St
Home
Oct 6
Oregon St
Away
Oct 13
USC
Away
Oct 20
Stanford
Home
Oct 27
Washington
Away
Nov 3
UCLA
Home
Nov 15
Oregon
Home
Dec 1
Arizona St
Away

 

For more info on the 2007 Arizona Wildcats football program, view the Wildcats football site or you can read about other Pac-10 teams below.

 

2007 Pac-10 Football Team Previews

All of the Pacific Ten teams are listed below. Each link gives our individual team preview for the PAC 10 colleges. For non Pac Ten teams visit this years college football preview page.

Whether you are a west coast football junkie or not the PAC 10 Conference Preview is worth a quick glance. The Pac Ten figures to once again be a quality conference featuring teams like Oregon, USC, and Cal and the PAC-10 preview page lets you know where we think the teams will end up at seasons end.

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