Arizona is about to finally kick off its 2020 college football season, opening with Utah at Salt Lake City on Saturday.
The Wildcats will play a shortened season of seven games because of COVID-19.
The program has a record of 83-28-5 in season-opening games and head coach Kevin Sumlin is 8-4 in his 12-year coaching career in such games.
Under Sumlin, Arizona is 0-2 in season-opening games with losses to BYU at home and at Hawaii, with both games coming down to the final possession.
With Arizona struggling in season-opening games under Sumlin, it doesn’t get any easier this season at Utah.
During Sumlin’s two seasons at Arizona, he is 0-2 versus Utah in games that were not close. The average margin of victory for Utah in those two games is 30 points.
Here’s Monday’s press conference with Sumlin talking about Arizona-Utah and what it’ll be like playing in an empty Rice-Eccles Stadium:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.