Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: We’re at No. 28

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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 28 days away.

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with TucsonCitizen.com three years ago. The best No. 28 is placekicker Steve McLaughlin (1991-94). He won the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker, as a senior.

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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 28 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 …

No. 28 on this year’s roster is sophomore running back Nick Wilson and senior safety Anthony Lopez.

— Wilson, an All-Pac-12 honorable mention player, played in 13 games and started eight at running back. He totaled 1,375 rushing yards on 236 carries with 16 touchdowns, averaging 5.8 yards per carry and 105.8 yards per game en route to setting Arizona’s freshman rushing records. He ranked fourth nationally among FBS freshman and No. 1 among Pac-12 freshmen in total yards. He rushed for 100-plus yards seven times.

— Lopez played in all 14 games with the secondary and on special teams. He was involved in one of 2014’s more memorable plays, recovering a fumble for a 25-yard touchdown score in the opening seconds of the ASU game. He totaled 17 tackles, including 14 solo stops. He was also responsible for jarring the ball loose that led to a Tremayne Bondurant fumble return for a touchdown against Colorado.

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Anu Solomon matched the school record held by Nick Foles (2011) and Willie Tuitama (2007) with 28 touchdown passes thrown in a season last season as a freshman. Foles and Tuitama were seniors when they hit that mark.

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