Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: No. 33

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Our Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games ranking is shown as a slideshow starting at No. 50 (click on “next” at the upper or lower right to get started) …

Every day we will have data related to the number of days remaining to kickoff — Texas-San Antonio vs. Arizona — on Sept. 3 at Arizona Stadium. That game is only 33 days.

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Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with TucsonCitizen.com three years ago. The best No. 33 was two-time All-WAC halfback Floyd Hudlow (1963-64), who was also standout kick returner who played safety in the pros. But that was before junior linebacker Scooby Wright III emerged as one of the program’s most decorated defensive players last year. The accolades:

— Based on a vote of NCAA head coaches, media and college athletics personnel, won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award, all given annually to the nation’s top defender

— The Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, ranked in the top five among FBS players for total tackles (163), tackles for loss (29.0), sacks (14.0) and forced fumbles (6)

— UA’s sixth unanimous All-American

— All-Pac-12 First-Team and three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

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For the third straight year, AllSportsTucson.com presents the Arizona Wildcats’ Top 50 games in the program’s history.

The ranking corresponds to the number of days left to the opening kickoff for the Arizona Wildcats against Texas-San Antonio on Sept. 3 at Arizona Stadium. We are only 33 days from the start of the 2015 football season.

The ranking each year is based on new research and judgments for all games, not just those from last season. This year, four new games join the ranking, including one played more than 50 years ago that — upon further review — deserves Top 50 status. That game was presented at No. 38. The No. 1-ranked game last year may not be the No. 1 this year.

You can view the countdown by clicking on the “next” arrow at the upper or lower right …

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— SB Nation, CBSSports.com and Scout.com National Defensive Player of the Year

— Walter Camp Player of the Year Finalist

— Arizona has only scored 33 points 16 times in the history of the program. One of them was a 33-33 tie with Cal in 1983 that is part of this Top 50 countdown …

Trung Candidate carried the ball 33 times for 221 yards against Oregon State in 1999, the second time he eclipsed the 200-yard mark in his career. He had 288 yards on 18 carries against ASU in the previous season.

Matt Scott touched the end zone 33 times in 2012, a school record

Matt Scott touched the end zone 33 times in 2012, a school record

Nick Foles threw 33 interceptions in 1,396 attempts in his three-year career at Arizona. That percentage of 2.36 is the lowest per attempts in school history.

— Foles and backup quarterbacks completed a school-record 33.2 passes per game in his senior year of 2011.

Matt Scott competed 33 career touchdown passes although he really had only one season in 2012 as the undeniable starter.

— Scott’s 33 touchdowns responsible for in 2012 (27 passing and six rushing) is a school record.

— The Desert Swarm defense in 1992 was responsible for limiting Stanford to a school-record minus-33 yards rushing on 28 carries.

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