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Sonoran Hot Reads: Is this the Golden Age of Arizona college football?

Yeah, it probably is

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Considering that the Arizona Wildcats have not had many ten-win seasons in their history (three), it's fair to wonder if this is the Golden Age of college football in the state of Arizona. Grantland makes that argument, as it looks like both Arizona and Arizona State are poised to have long-lasting success under current head coaches Todd Graham and Rich Rodriguez. I think we should all consider ourselves lucky that we have lived to see this day arrive, and that the competition in the state of Arizona is the best it's possibly ever been.

- Speaking of the Golden Age of football at Arizona, ESPN has three Wildcats on its list of potential Pac-12 Heisman candidates. Did you think you'd ever read that sentence?

- And on the subject of Pac-12 previews, Sports Quotient offers up this look back at last year and preview of this year. And the guys at the Solid Verbal podcast previewed Arizona, but weren't particularly high on Anu Solomon and company.

- In recruiting news, four-star cornerback Craig Watts will officially visit Arizona on October 23rd for the Washington State game.

- Anthony Gimino takes an in-depth look at what keeps Scooby Wright III motivated heading into the season

- There was a lot of injury and depth chart news to come out of the first Rich Rodriguez press conference of the season. It was odd for him to talk about injuries...maybe it has something to do with what happened at Illinois. You can find more quotes from the press conference here

- One surprise name on the depth chart was Carter Hehr, who was recently awarded a scholarship

- It's kind of expensive to go to an Arizona game, but it's better than a lot of places

Basketball

- Matt Korcheck actually signed a two-year deal to play Aussie Rules Football. This is so great

Other sports

- Volleyball opened its season with a four-set victory over SMU. Soccer also remained undefeated with a 4-0 win at NAU

- Here's Mike Candrea talking about how young athletes and their parents should deal with failure

Tucson news

- A Tucson native came in third place in the Mongol Derby, which is the most grueling horse race in the world

- Somehow, Longhorn Steakhouse is bringing 100 jobs to Tucson

- A boy got bit by a rattlesnake in Marana on Friday