Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: We’ve reached the Top 10 at No. 10

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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 10 days away.

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with TucsonCitizen.com three years ago. The best No. 10 according to Gimino is wide receiver “Money” Mike Thomas (2005-08). He is the Pac-12 leader in career receptions with 259, catching his final pass with 20 seconds left in the Las Vegas Bowl to break the previous mark of 258 held by ASU’s Derek Hagan.

Samajie Grant is wearing Mike Thomas’ No. 10 well as a productive receiver.

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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 10 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 …

Samajie Grant started 11 games and played in 13 at the receiver and slot positions. He totaled 718 yards on 45 receptions with six scores. He averaged 16.0 yards per catch and 55.2 yards per game. Grant recorded his first career 100-yard game vs. UNLV in last year’s season opener. He also hauled in two touchdowns vs. ASU, including a career long 69-yard score. He also returned three kickoffs for 52 yards.

— The other No. 10 on Arizona’s roster is freshman cornerback Malcolm Holland, an accomplished football and baseball letterman for Chandler Hamilton High School. He lettered three years in football and four in baseball. He helped lead Hamilton to the state title last season. He was taken in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

— Last year’s team became the second 10-game winner in school history with a 10-4 record. The 1993 team went 10-2. Both teams ended their seasons in the Fiesta Bowl. The 1993 team led by Tedy Bruschi and Chucky Levy, beat Miami 29-0. The 2014 team came up short against Boise State 38-30. The 12-1 team in 1998 holds the school record for victories in a season, a number that will be tough to beat.

Nick Foles is Arizona’s career passing leader with 10,011 yards from 2009-11. He is the only quarterback to eclipse the 10,000-yard barrier although he played only three seasons with the Wildcats. Anu Solomon is on pace to throw for 15,172 yards in his career.

— The 1993 “Desert Swarm” defense limited opponents to less than 200 yards 10 times in the 12-game schedule, a school record.

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