Will Arizona be able to capitalize on their recent success and win their first football championship?

Can Arizona Build on Late Success to Win First Football Title?
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The Arizona Wildcats concluded their 2023 football season with their most successful performance in nearly a decade, boasting the second longest winning streak in the nation with seven consecutive victories.

After an impressive 10-3 season, including victories over five ranked opponents, there is hope that 2024 could be a breakthrough year for the Wildcats in Southern Arizona as Jedd Fisch begins his fourth year at the helm.

Arizona betting apps are giving the Wildcats +10000 odds to win their first national championship, setting high expectations for the upcoming offseason in Tucson after a historic season.

After carefully considering all factors, yengols.com examined the championship odds to assess the 2024 Arizona football team’s position relative to past teams. Following Arizona’s notable 38-24 win in the Alamo Bowl over No. 12 Oklahoma on Dec. 28, here is what fans should know.

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Yearly Odds for Arizona National Title

Year Preseason Odds
2024+10000
2023+50000
2022+40000
2021+200000
2020+50000
2019+100000
2018+30000
2017+200000
2016+50000
2015+20000
2014+20000
Odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona.

Will the Wildcats be able to win it all next season?

Arizona currently has championship odds of +10000 at FanDuel, putting them in a three-way tie with Utah and Louisville for the 21st spot nationally. These are the most favorable preseason odds for an Arizona Wildcats team since 2014.

ESPN BET Arizona has ranked Arizona, Kansas State, and Utah as the top teams in the newly established Big 12 conference, with odds of +7500 to win the national championship.

The Wildcats have greatly boosted their chances of reaching the College Football Playoff compared to past seasons. In 2020, Arizona had odds of +50000, a significant improvement from the even worse odds of +100000 in 2019 and 2021.

Arizona has been bolstered by the impressive play of freshman quarterback Noah Fifita, who was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Despite only starting nine games, he threw for 2,869 yards and 25 touchdowns, boasting a QBR of 83.8 and throwing just six interceptions.

Combining Tetairoa McMillan’s playmaking skills from Servite High School with the existing talent could elevate Arizona to new heights.

McMillan achieved the second-highest single-season receiving yards record in Arizona history with 1,402 yards in 2023. With him and the team’s key players coming back, Arizona is set to continue their success from the previous season. The addition of the 49th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, as per 247 Sports, will also bolster the team’s roster for the upcoming season.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, with more than seven years of experience in sports and sports betting in Arizona, is now the lead writer at yengols.com. He has also contributed to ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News.

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