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Arizona football: Checking in on the Wildcats' non-conference opponents

There's a whole lotta losses up in here, up in here

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The Arizona Wildcats remain undefeated after a bye week, one of 17 teams in the FBS that can still say that.

In each of the four games Arizona has played, its opponent was also undefeated at that point.

That's most definitely not the case anymore.

Here's a quick look at how those nonconference opponents are doing so far this season.

UNLV Rebels (1-4, 0-1 Mountain West)

UNLV is horrible. Like, really, really, really horrible. The one win they have is a one-point win over FCS Northern Colorado at home. The Rebels have losses of 48-34, 47-14, and 34-17 to Northern Illinois, Houston, and San Diego State respectively.

Out of 125 teams in the FBS, UNLV is currently 123rd in total defense (no wonder Arizona set all those records), and 79th in total offense. They have thrown the most interceptions in the country (11), and also have the worst time of possession average (22:28).

So yeah, that win will not help any strength of schedule arguments for the Wildcats.

UTSA Roadrunners (1-3, 0-1 Conference USA)

UTSA has not won a game since Arizona escaped the Alamodome with a W. The Roadrunners got pounded by Oklahoma State the next week by a score of 43-13, and then after a bye week, lost their conference opener to Florida Atlantic 41-37.

Larry Coker's team is sitting at 115th in the nation in total offense, and 64th in total defense.

Nevada Wolf Pack (3-1, 1-0 Mountain West)

Hey look, a win over an FBS team!

Nevada had a bye week after that close contest in Tucson, and opened Mountain West play with a 21-10 win at San Jose State this weekend. The Wolf Pack currently have the fourth-best redzone defense in the nation, are 81st in total offense, and 92nd in total defense.

I'll bet if you had asked 100 Arizona fans before the season which non-conference opponent would be the best test, I'm guessing none of them would have said Nevada. But that certainly appears to be the case right now.