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Arizona football opens in prime time

Rebecca Noble

Arizona quarterback Zach Werlinger’s (19) run gets put to an end by UCLA defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley (98) at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif., during Arizona’s 45-24 loss to UCLA on Oct. 1, 2016. Arizona recorded a season-high of 10 pass breakups during the game.

The dog days of summer are here in Tucson. While that usually means little information is released from the football offices, this week was different. 

A UA press release announced that the Wildcats will play their first three home games on national television, and that the season opener against Northern Arizona University will anchor the Pac-12 Network’s opening night festivities.

The Cats will face the Lumberjacks in Arizona Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, in the finale of the Pac-12 Networks’ quadruple-header. 

The following week, at 7:30 p.m., Arizona will host the high-flying Houston Cougars, a program that is seeking to prove that their recent success can continue—even without former head coach Tom Herman. The game will air on the ESPN family of networks.

Arizona will travel to El Paso to face the improving UTEP Miners at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15. The game will air on ESPN as part of their Friday night package.

One week later, the Wildcats will open conference play against the Utah Utes. That matchup will air on Fox Sports 1 at 7:30 p.m. Television coverage for the rest of the conference schedule has not been announced.

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