Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: We’re at No. 6 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 6 days away.

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with TucsonCitizen.com three years ago. The best No. 6 according to Gimino is is free safety Chuck Cecil (1984-87): From walk-on to feared NFL headhunter, Cecil is one of the most beloved Cats ever. Cecil, who believe it or not is 50 years old, is the defensive secondary coach for the St. Louis Rams. The 1987 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Cecil was a Pro Bowl safety in 1992 with with the Green Bay Packers. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

This 100-yard interception by Cecil against ASU in 1986 is one of the best — if not the best — plays in Arizona history.

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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 6 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. 6 this year on Arizona’s roster is junior slot receiver Nate Phillips, who played in nine games and started five last year before being sidelined with an injury. He had 25 receptions for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He also averaged 10.9 yards per catch and 30.2 yards per game. His performance in the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl against Boston College is one of the best by a freshman in school history. He had nine receptions for 193 yards.

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