Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Games: We’re at No. 8 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 8 days away.

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with TucsonCitizen.com three years ago. The best No. 8 according to Gimino is quarterback Nick Foles (2009-11). The Michigan State transfer took the starting job four games into his sophomore season, becoming the only Arizona player to reach five digits in passing yardage (10,011). He set the school record for passing yards in a season (4,334 in 2011) before the Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Among his many Arizona records in less than three seasons as a starter, Nick Foles completed a phenomenal 66.8 percent of his passes (933 completions in 1,396 attempts).

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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 8 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 …

Dennis Northcutt’s 1,422 yards receiving in 1999 stands as an Arizona record.

— Two current seniors wear No. 8 for Arizona — defensive end Reggie Gilbert and quarterback Jerrard Randle. Gilbert, a fifth-year senior, started 13 games and played in all 14 with the defensive line, primarily at defensive end. He totaled 49 tackles, including 31 solo stops, with 5.5 tackles for a loss of 15 yards. He recorded 3.0 sacks for 10 yards lost, one pass broken up and one forced fumble. Randle, a transfer from LSU, has blazing quickness which makes it difficult to bring him down for a sack. He’s worked on his accuracy since joining the Wildcats. Vying for the backup spot behind starter Anu Solomon.

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