If life is back to normal by August, and Arizona’s football team is able to play in 2020, the expectations of the Wildcats are quite low according to oddsmakers at the Caesars Sportsbook, which released its win-total odds this week.
Arizona, which will be in its third season under coach Kevin Sumlin, have an over-under win total at 4.5, the second-lowest mark in the Pac-12. Only Colorado, which underwent a coaching change, is lower with a predicted win total of 3.
Here is the list of the projected win totals for each Pac-12 team:
Washington State 6
Oregon State 5.5
Sumlin is 9-15 after his first two seasons at Arizona without bowl appearances because of losing records of 5-7 and 4-8. If the oddsmakers are correct at Caesars, and Arizona is either 4-8 or 5-7 this season, it will be interesting to see if Sumlin is afforded a fourth year (with the roster finally almost entirely of his recruited players) in 2021 to turn the program around.
The Wildcats’ 2020 schedule is as follows:
Aug. 29 Hawaii
Sept. 5 Portland State
Sept. 12 Stanford
Sept. 19 at Texas Tech
Oct. 3 at UCLA
Oct. 9 Colorado
Oct. 17 USC
Oct. 23 at Washington
Oct. 31 Oregon
Nov. 7 at Utah
Nov. 21 at Oregon State
Nov. 28 ASU
Judging from the 4.5-win forecast, Arizona will likely be favored against Hawaii, Portland State and Colorado at Arizona Stadium. It’s difficult to predict where the other one or two wins will occur.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.