Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: We’re at No. 9 and counting

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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 9 days away.

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with TucsonCitizen.com three years ago. The best No. 9 according to Gimino is wide receiver Terry Vaughn (1990-93), a waterbug of a receiver who became the career receptions leader in the Canadian Football League. He led the Wildcats in receiving his freshman, sophomore and senior seasons and ranks No. 10 in school history with 1,884 yards receiving in his career.

Terry Vaughn is one of only six receivers who have led the Wildcats in receiving yards in three different seasons. The list includes "T" Bell, Derek Hill, Dennis Northcutt, Bobby Wade and Mike Thomas.

Terry Vaughn is one of only six different receivers who have led the Wildcats in receiving yards in three different seasons. The list includes “T” Bell, Derek Hill, Dennis Northcutt, Bobby Wade and Mike Thomas.

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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 9 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 …

— Wearing No. 9 for the Wildcats this season are junior college transfer Dane Cruikshank, a cornerback, and redshirt freshman placekicker Josh Pollack, a walk-on. Cruikshank comes from Chino Hills, Calif., and played at Citrus College. He was ranked among the top 100 junior college prospects last season. Pollack comes all the way from Highland Park, Ill., where as a senior converted six of eight onside kick attempts.

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