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Arizona football: Wildcats' 2016 schedule looks pretty good, actually

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Arizona has a bye week! Spread the good news!

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The Pac-12 just released the Arizona Wildcats' 2016 football schedule, and it has a few very nice surprises for Arizona fans:

  1. Arizona has a bye week, with no game scheduled the weekend of October 22.
  2. Arizona plays Arizona State the day after Thanksgiving, as it should be.
  3. Did I mention Arizona has a bye week?
The schedule isn't perfect - the Wildcats still don't play a Power 5 team out of conference (though they do play BYU, which is pretty close), and the Washington State and Oregon State games will probably start at a ridiculously late hour, but Arizona doesn't have to play Oregon, gets to play Stanford and USC at home, and even gets an extra week of preparation before the Stanford game. That's pretty favorable, all things considered.

Check out the full schedule below and at Pac-12.com:

Date Away Team Home Team
September 3, 2016 BYU Arizona (at University of Phoenix Stadium)
September 10, 2016 Grambling State Arizona
September 17, 2016 Hawai'i Arizona
September 24, 2016 Washington Arizona
October 1, 2016 Arizona UCLA
October 8, 2016 Arizona Utah
October 15, 2016 USC Arizona
October 29, 2016 Stanford Arizona
November 5, 2016 Arizona Washington State
November 12, 2016 Colorado Arizona
November 19, 2016 Arizona Oregon State
November 25, 2016 Arizona State Arizona