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Slideshow: Analyzing Arizona Wildcats’ non-stop 12-week schedule



“We have 12 straight weeks with no open date. I don’t know if that’s ever happened here. We’re the only one I think in the Power 5 conferences that probably has that so if the folks at the Pac-12 are listening, I’m not going to say anything to get fined. But I don’t know how that happens. To play 12 straight with no open date at this level, you better have a lot of guys who are ready to play.”
— Rich Rodriguez

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Move over Rich Rod, Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre wants to join you in your crusade.

MacIntyre actually has it worse. His Buffaloes play 13 games without a break. So does Hawaii, which mixes that kind of arduous schedule with having to travel back and forth from the islands to the mainland.

Florida International and Miami of Ohio also play non-stop from start to finish in the regular season.

Rodriguez can also take solace that college football programs overall have less weeks off this season compared to the previous four years in a study done by

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All of the Pac-12 teams have a reduction in off weeks this season except for Washington, which had only one last season in Chris Petersen’s first year.

Rodriguez said, “I don’t know if that’s ever happened here” concerning a season without at least a week off in between. It has, once in the modern era, in Larry Smith’s first season in 1980. The Wildcats went 5-6 that season. Think of the luxury Mike Stoops had in 2008 when he had three separate weeks off in the season. That was his best season at Arizona, culminating with a victory over BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl to end 8-5 that year.

The following slideshow details more information about Arizona’s lack of a week off, including input from two former Tucson Citizen staffers — Corky Simpson and Dave Petruska — who covered Arizona in 1980 when Smith endured no weeks off. Click on the “Next” arrow to get started


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