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Arizona football 2017 midseason record predictions

Now that Khalil Tate is at QB, what will Arizona’s record be at the end of the season?

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After the emergence of Khalil Tate and two straight wins (those two things are related), the Arizona Wildcats are sitting at 4-2 at the midway point of their season.

They’re exceeding expectations and are tied for second in the Pac-12 South standings.

ESPN even gives Arizona the fourth-best chance of winning the conference.

We predicted Arizona’s record at the start of the season (you can find those predictions here), but now it’s time to make some revisions.

Here’s how we see Arizona finishing this season.


Ryan Kelapire — 7-5

at Cal — W

vs. Washington State — L

at USC — L

vs. Oregon State — W

at Oregon — W

at ASU — L

I originally predicted Arizona to finish 6-6 and the only game I think will go differently than I originally thought is the Oregon game.

The Ducks are down to true freshman Braxton Burmeister at quarterback, and have been dismal since Justin Herbert’s injury. So even though the game is in Eugene, I think Arizona has a great shot of escaping with a win.

I also think Arizona can win the ASU game fairly easily, but the Territorial Cup game is always a toss-up and I tend to give the edge to the home team, hence why I picked ASU.

Realistically, I see Arizona finishing 6-6 at worst and 8-4 at best.


Christopher Boan — 9-3

at Cal — W

vs. Washington State — W

at USC — L

vs. Oregon State — W

at Oregon — W

at ASU — W

I know, I know, I’m usually the bearer of ice-cold pessimism on this site we all love so much, but my lord, have you seen this Tate fella?

Looking forward, it’s hard to see Arizona stumbling (barring any sort of Arizona-of-yole mishaps) to Cal, Oregon State or ASU, and I’m not convinced that Oregon sans Justin Herbert can compete either.

The toss-up for me is the Washington State game, which now looks like a must-win for the Cougs if they’re going to have a shot at winning the Pac-12 North.

The problem for Mike Leach and company is that they’ve been flat-out bad against Arizona, losing six of their last nine games against the Wildcats.

I’m not crazy enough to believe (yet) that Arizona has a shot at winning at the Coliseum, where they’ve won a whopping four games since 1978.

The rest of the schedule, however, looks rather promising for Rich Rodriguez and company, which could be music to everyone’s ears come bowl season.


Alec Sills-Trausch — 8-4

at Cal — W

vs. Washington State — W

at USC — L

vs. Oregon State — W

at Oregon — L

at ASU — W

Going into this season I was hovering around the Vegas over/under line of 5.5. I figured six was the max and we’d likely end up at five — but that was before Rich Rod unveiled the most secret of secret weapons. I don’t want to say that with Khalil Tate anything is possible, but holy smokes it currently seems like it!

The game I’m most intrigued with is Arizona at Oregon. I know Chris and Ryan above have Arizona winning and I can totally see it happening. Oregon plays at Washington the week before and you know that will take a toll on them.

However, Autzen Stadium still has its presence and I personally don’t think Arizona pulls it off. Tate, while very impressive, will have given the Oregon coaches over a month of tape on him and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares with that noise and the chilly temperatures Eugene will throw at him.

Other than that, I can see Arizona pulling off wins versus Wazzu (Homecoming excitement helps), Oregon State (duh!), and then at ASU in what could easily be a much more meaningful game then we all anticipate in the middle of October.

At 8-4, Rich Rod saves his job, adds another win versus ASU to his resume, and likely gets the third or fourth best Pac-12 bowl game. Not too shabby for a coach that was synonymous with the dog sitting in the ‘This is fine’ fire meme.


Gabe Encinas 7-5

at Cal - W

vs. Washington State - L

at USC - L

vs. Oregon State - W

at Oregon - W

at ASU - L

Before the season even began, I was hesitant to say that Arizona would win five games. After watching Brandon Dawkins attempt to run this offense, it was looking like four wins would be the ceiling.

Now with Tate, it just feels like everything has changed. He’s completely rejuvenated this program.

A few weeks ago, Cal seemed legit, beating UNC and Ole Miss, but neither have turned out to be good themselves. The way they beat Wazzu was impressive, but to me that’s just a major upset, similar to Syracuse over Clemson. Through seven weeks, I just can’t put THAT much stock into Cal.

I don’t think Arizona beats Wazzu or USC, but I do like their chances to come away with an upset a lot more with Tate. And Oregon State should just be relegated to the Big Sky for the rest of the season.

I don’t think Oregon will be very good, whether Braxton Burmeister or Justin Herbert are behind center. Burmeister certainly isn’t having the season one (me) would have hoped, but there’s still some time. Just look at Khalil Tate’s first career start compared to where he is now.

I do not like playing ASU in Tempe, especially looking at their first two Pac-12 wins. They’ve actually showed up in Pac-12 play, unlike in non-conference play.


Jason Bartel — 7-5

at Cal - W

vs. Washington State - L

at USC - L

vs. Oregon State - W

at Oregon - L

at ASU - W

Before the year I had Arizona going 7-5, and had them at 4-2, just in a little different fashion then how we’ve arrived at this point.

I welcome all of you that have joined camp optimism. The world is a better place here.

Honestly, it’s awesome that Arizona has a ton of “winnable” games from here on out. I’m just not willing to change my picks yet based on how those other teams are playing. Oregon is probably the game that I question the most right now, because Khalil Tate > Braxton Burmeister.

Also, still think Todd Graham will be yet another coach that loses his job after losing to UA this year despite ASU surprising people, too.


Brandon Combs — 9-3

at Cal — W

vs. Washington State — W

at USC — L

vs. Oregon State — W

at Oregon — W

at ASU — W

At the beginning of the season I had the ‘Cats going either 8-4 or 9-3, with their only loss to UCLA after six games.

Now, I’m taking the higher prediction. Arizona is a different team from the beginning of this year with Khalil Tate at the helm. I see Arizona winning five of their last six, with the only loss being to USC in the Coliseum. Honestly, I see UA having the ability to beat the Trojans, too.

I think the Wazzu game will be a close one, but the ‘Cats will be able to pull it off. The Cougar offensive line proved to be inconsistent against the Cal Bears’ defensive front.

Oregon and Oregon State are terrible. Khalil Tate is better than either of their quarterbacks, and that includes Justin Herbert if he is back.

ASU is going to ASU, and ASU the game away. I seriously doubt that they, or really anyone, will be able to stop Tate and this offense.