TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Prolific quarterback Nick Foles returns for Arizona. So does his big-play partner Juron Criner.
The question is whether they will have time to operate behind a young, inexperienced offensive line. Success up front could have a lot to do with whether the Wildcats rebound from last year’s pratfall, when they started the season 7-1, then lost their last five, punctuated by a 36-10 pounding at the hands of Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.
Matters are made more difficult by a brutal early schedule. After a home opener against Northern Arizona, the Wildcats play consecutive weeks at Oklahoma State, at home against Stanford and Oregon, then at Southern California.